The European Union

How Does it Work?

Author: Daniel Kenealy,John Peterson,Richard Corbett

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199685371

Category: Political Science

Page: 283

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The European Union: How does it work? is the perfect introduction to the EU's structure and operations for those coming to the subject for the first time. An expert team of scholars and practitioners cut through the complexity to explain how the EU works in practice, and equip students withthe knowledge and skills they need to master the subject. The fourth edition of this successful textbook reflects the ongoing changes in the EU in the aftermath of the Eurozone crises, and the global context in which the EU exists. It also features expanded coverage of theories of European integration and policy making, and considers the hugely topicaldebate about the UK's future in the EU.

The European Union

How Does it Work?

Author: Elizabeth Bomberg,John Peterson,Richard Corbett

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199570809

Category: Political Science

Page: 275

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Now in its third edition, The European Union: How Does it Work? demystifies the European Union's structures and operation, providing a concise, engaging, and accessible introduction ideal for students with no background in the subject. Bringing together an exceptional collection of work--by practitioners who have worked or currently work in the EU's institutions and by leading scholars and academics--this volume cuts through the complexity to explain how the EU really works and why it matters. Innovative pedagogical tools--including "How it Really Works" and "Compared to What" boxes--help guide students through the material. A Companion Website offers multiple-choice questions, a timeline of key events, relevant links, and an interactive map for students. It also provides seminar questions and activities and PowerPoint-based presentations for instructors. New to this Edition: * Revised and updated throughout in light of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and the effects of the financial crisis on the Eurozone * New coeditor Richard Corbett, former Member of the European Parliament, has ensured that the anthology continues to include a practitioner's perspective * Three new chapters: 6. How Policies are Made, 7. Democracy, and 9. The EU as a Security Actor

The European Union

How Does it Work?

Author: Elizabeth E. Bomberg,John Peterson,Alexander C-G. Stubb

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199206391

Category: Political Science

Page: 269

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The new edition of this concise introductory text de-mystifies the European Union's structures and operation. Blending scholarly expertise and practitioners' experience, the authors introduce and analyse the EU's key actors, processes and developments. The book's overall aim is to provide an accessible, lively introduction to how the EU works and why it matters.

The European Union

What it is and how it works

Author: Ingeborg Toemmel

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 113742754X

Category: Political Science

Page: 380

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This new introduction to the European Union is distinguished by its focus on the evolution and functioning of the political system of the EU and how best to understand and theorise its often contradictory and multifaceted nature and the dynamics of European integration.

Understanding the European Union

A Concise Introduction

Author: John McCormick

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1403940568

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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Despite the plethora of textbooks available on the European Union and the wide range of interdisciplinary and non-specialist courses on which it is studied, there has, surprisingly, until now been no single text providing concise coverage of all its major dimensions and implications. Rather than focusing just on the history or the politics or the economics of the EU or on detailed coverage of its institutions and/or policies, John McCormick's new book introduces all aspects of European integration combining a very clear and accessible thematic narrative with boxed summaries of a wide range of essential facts and figures.

The European Union-- how Does it Work?

Author: Elizabeth E. Bomberg,Alexander C-G. Stubb

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780199247660

Category: Political Science

Page: 253

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"The European Union is one of the world's most complex political systems. This concise and lively book de-mystifies it. How Does it Work? is designed to be the first book used to introduce students to the EU. It features a top-rank collection of authors and a unique blend of scholarly expertise and practitioners' experience." "How Does it Work? contrasts the EU that exists on paper - its treaties and formal rules - with how it works in practice. It compares and contrasts the Union with other political systems and international organisations. Each chapter includes guides to further reading, lists of useful web links, and discussion questions. This text answers two fundamental questions. First, a practical one: how does the EU work, and who are its main actors, processes and dynamics? Second, a rhetorical one: how has Europe managed to sustain this unprecedented experiment in international cooperation?"--BOOK JACKET.

Policy-making in the European Union

Author: Helen Wallace,Mark A. Pollack,Alasdair R. Young

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199689679

Category: Political Science

Page: 574

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Constantly evolving, and with far-reaching implications, European Union policy-making is of central importance to the politics of the European Union. From defining the processes, institutions and modes through which policy-making operates, the text moves on to situate individual policieswithin these modes, detail their content, and analyse how they are implemented, navigating policy in all its complexities. Exploring the link between the modes and mechanisms of EU policy-making and its implementation at national level, Policy-Making in the Europe Union helps students to engage with the key issues related to policy. Written by experts, for students and scholars alike, this is the most authoritative andin-depth guide to policy in the European Union.

Decision-Making in the European Union

Author: John Peterson,Elizabeth Bomberg

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1349275077

Category: European Union

Page: 352

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Based on exhaustive research, this book explains how the European Union makes decisions in seven major policy sectors. Written in a clear, user-friendly style, it brings the EU alive for a student and non-specialist audience. The book's central themes are that informal norms often matter more than formal rules, agency often matters more than structure, and abrupt change often punctuates deadlock. It offers a theoretically-based introduction to the lively, humorous and fascinating politics of a unique experiment in modern governance.

Institutions of the European Union

Author: John Peterson,Dermot Hodson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198737416

Category:

Page: 498

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The Institutions of the European Union is the key text for anyone wishing to understand the functions, powers, and composition of the EU's institutions. From the Council of Ministers to the European Central Bank, all of the most important organizations are analysed and explained byinternational experts. Updates for the fourth edition include discussions of the impact of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and the euro crisis on the EU's institutions. Authoritative yet accessible, it remains the best guide to how this range of different bodies work together to provide political direction, managepolicies, and integrate contrasting interests within the European Union.

How to Democratize the European Union...and Why Bother?

Author: Philippe C. Schmitter

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1461637481

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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In this provocative book, Philippe C. Schmitter explores both the possibility and the desirability of democratizing the EU. He argues that as a 'non-state' and a 'non-nation' it will have to invent new forms of citizenship, representation, and decisionmaking if it is ever to democratize itself. The author also contends that the timing and political context work against a full-scale constitutionalization of the process. He proposes a number of modest (and some less modest) reforms that could improve the situation in the near future and eventually lead to a genuine Euro-democracy.

The Political System of the European Union

Author: Simon Hix

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 134927531X

Category: European Union

Page: 428

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A major new textbook on the politics of the European Union, which presents the EU as an emerging 'political system', in which the government, policies and the politics of the system are inextricably linked. The book will make an important contribution to the way the EU is analysed, studied and taught as it provides both comprehensive coverage of all aspects of EU politics and a new way of conceptualising the EU, integrating a much wider range of theoretical and empirical material.

The European Union Explained

Institutions, Actors, Global Impact

Author: Andreas Staab

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253009766

Category: Political Science

Page: 260

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This brief and accessible introduction to the European Union is ideal for anyone who needs a concise overview of the structure, history, and policies of the EU. This updated edition includes a new chapter on the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone. Andreas Staab offers basic terms and interpretive frameworks for understanding the evolution of the EU; the overall structure, purpose, and mandate of its main constituent divisions; and key policy areas, such as market unification and environmental policy.

The Routledge Guide to the European Union

Author: Dick Leonard,Robert Taylor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317208595

Category: Political Science

Page: 366

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Written by experts, this long-established and definitive guide to the workings of the European Union provides comprehensive, straightforward and readable coverage of this sometimes misunderstood and complex institution. It explains not only what happens but also why, and analyses the EU's strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities for it to be more effective. With the EU's very existence under pressure due to fiscal crises and the eurozone, migration and borders, and Euroscepticism, it specifically outlines: How it works: the institutions, the mechanisms Every area of EU competence from agriculture to workers' rights The effects of the single market and the single currency and the successes and stresses of the eurozone The impact of the enlargement of the EU and the prospects for further enlargement and for closer political integration The EU under strain - the 2008 recession and after 'Britain in or out' Fully updated and revised material with new data, statistics, examples and non-partisan coverage The Routledge Guide to the European Union is well-established as the clearest and most comprehensive guide to how the EU operates. This new edition brings you up to date at a crucial stage in its history at a time when, arguably, it has never been under greater threat, but conversely is perhaps more important than ever.

Why Europe Matters

The Case for the European Union

Author: John McCormick

Publisher: Palgrave

ISBN: 9781137016881

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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Critics like to depict the European Union as undemocratic and unpopular, but their arguments are too often based on myths and misunderstandings. This does us all a disservice, and in this period of uncertainty about the future of Europe it is more important than ever that we have a firm grasp of the issues at stake. This powerful new book debunks the misconceptions surrounding the EU and makes a compelling and comprehensive case for the benefits of European integration. It shows how the EU has improved the lives of Europeans in countless ways, and how it has given Europe a powerful presence on the international stage. Guaranteed to illuminate as well as spark debate, this book will appeal to anyone who seeks to better understand what Europe means and why it matters.

The European Union: A Citizen's Guide

Author: Chris Bickerton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141983108

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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The essential Pelican introduction to the European Union - its history, its politics, and its role today For most of us today, 'Europe' refers to the European Union. At the centre of a seemingly never-ending crisis, the EU remains a black box, closed to public understanding. Is it a state? An empire? Is Europe ruled by Germany or by European bureaucrats? Does a single European economy exist after all these years of economic integration? And should the EU have been awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2012? Critics tell us the EU undermines democracy. Are they right? In this provocative volume, political scientist Chris Bickerton provides an answer to all these key questions and more at a time when understanding what the EU is and what it does is more important than ever before.

The Passage to Europe

How a Continent Became a Union

Author: Luuk van Middelaar

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300195400

Category: Philosophy

Page: 391

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As financial turmoil in Europe preoccupies political leaders and global markets, it becomes more important than ever to understand the forces that underpin the European Union, hold it together and drive it forward. This timely book provides a gripping account of the realities of power politics among European states and between their leaders. Drawing on long experience working behind the scenes, Luuk van Middelaar captures the dynamics and tensions shaping the European Union from its origins until today. It is a story of unexpected events and twists of fate, bold vision and sheer necessity, told from the perspective of the keyplayers – from de Gaulle to Havel, Thatcher to Merkel. Van Middelaar cuts through the institutional complexity by exploring the unforeseen outcomes of decisive moments and focusing on the quest for public legitimacy. As a first-hand witness to the day-to-day actions and decisions of Europe’s leaders, the author provides a vivid narrative of the crises and compromises that united a continent. By revisiting the past, he sheds fresh light on the present state of European unification and offers insights into what the future may hold.

The Crisis of the European Union

A Response

Author: J?rgen Habermas

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745681530

Category: Philosophy

Page: 120

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Translated by Ciaran Cronin. In the midst of the current crisis that is threatening to derail the historical project of European unification, Jürgen Habermas has been one of the most perceptive critics of the ineffectual and evasive responses to the global financial crisis, especially by the German political class. This extended essay on the constitution for Europe represents Habermas’s constructive engagement with the European project at a time when the crisis of the eurozone is threatening the very existence of the European Union. There is a growing realization that the European treaty needs to be revised in order to deal with the structural defects of monetary union, but a clear perspective for the future is missing. Drawing on his analysis of European unification as a process in which international treaties have progressively taken on features of a democratic constitution, Habermas explains why the current proposals to transform the system of European governance into one of executive federalism is a mistake. His central argument is that the European project must realize its democratic potential by evolving from an international into a cosmopolitan community. The opening essay on the role played by the concept of human dignity in the genealogy of human rights in the modern era throws further important light on the philosophical foundations of Habermas’s theory of how democratic political institutions can be extended beyond the level of nation-states. Now that the question of Europe and its future is once again at the centre of public debate, this important intervention by one of the greatest thinkers of our time will be of interest to a wide readership.

Origins and Evolution of the European Union

Author: Desmond Dinan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199570825

Category: Political Science

Page: 430

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This well-respected text provides a lively, comprehensive, and authoritative account of the emergence and evolution of the European Union from the aftermath of the Second World War to the uncertainties of the present era. It explains the forces, events, and individuals that have shaped one of the most unusual and controversial political entities in history. This second edition, which forms part of the successful New EU series, covers key issues including the antecedents of European integration in the years before the Second World War; the challenges of reconstruction and reconciliation in the early post-war period; the ups and downs of European integration in 1960s and 1970s; the acceleration of European integration in the late 1980s and early 1990s; almost-continuous enlargement; the eurozone crisis; the constitutionalization of the EU; and Britain's troubled membership. The text is updated throughout and includes new chapters focusing on Britain and European integration, and the constitutionalization of the EU. Further reading guides encourage students to develop their interest and understanding, and this text is one of many OUP EU titles supported by an online resource centre including: Maps of enlargement Journal articles Interactive map of Europe Interactive timeline Web links

Policies and Policy Processes of the European Union

Author: Laurie Buonanno,Neill Nugent

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137305274

Category: Political Science

Page: 376

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This major new text on EU policy-making provides a concise but systematic introduction to the main policy areas in which the EU is active and the way in which EU policy is made, explaining how and why the EU's policy portfolio has developed as it has and the distinctive characteristics of each broad policy area.