Covering the history, governing institutions, and policies of the European Union, Jonathan Olsen and John McCormick present the EU as one of the world's economic and political superpowers, which has brought far-reaching changes to the lives of Europeans and has helped its member states to take a newly assertive role on the global stage. Unlike most other books on the EU, this text pays particular attention to the implications of the EU for the United States. Thoroughly revised, with new photographs and updated tables and figures, the sixth edition of The European Union explains developments that have brought severe challenges to the Union, such as the Greek crisis, the Brexit, tensions with Russia over Ukraine, and new waves of refugees into Europe. Essential reading for students of European politics, this book offers an up-to-the-minute look at both the opportunities and existential threats facing this powerful institution.
A thoroughly revised, concise, and comprehensive introduction to the structure, institutions, and policy development of the European Union
This second edition of European Union Politics provides an authoritative introduction to all aspects of politics and policy in the EU. It gives readers a sense of the colour and flavour of EU politics, while systematic coverage of different theoretical perspectives encourages a more sophisticated understanding of the EU's development and function.
Presenting four lectures, this book is used as material guiding lectures and students alike through their work in the field of European social policy-making. Being understood as guidance, this means as well that many parts are not fully elaborated. Some hints are given - and in many cases there is a debate behind them that would justify itself.
A clear and comprehensive explanation of the historical development and ongoing evolution of the European Union (EU), revised and updated in this sixth edition.
'This volume is one to which anyone trying to make sense of the EU of the early 21st century will return again and again. A terrific line-up that combines diverse talents from North America and Europe. Few books of this kind could live up to the billing 'definitive benchmark', but this one certainly does' - John Peterson, University of Edinburgh 'A most useful book that can be highly recommended. A strong analytical framework coupled with unparalleled coverage of the major issues of the political science research of the EU makes this volume a formidable tool for teaching and a significant input to new scholarly research. It is both relatively sophisticated and very accessible to graduate students and advanced researchers. The clear writing style and the richness of information presented will certainly make this book interesting for non-academic readers' - Igor Vidacak, Institute for International Relations, Zagreb - Journal of Common Market Studies 'An admirably comprehensive source book for those interested in how the tools of political science inspire EU area studies. The editors enlist leading researchers to synthesize the state of the art in their field of expertise. The Handbook of European Union Politics will be an indispensable intellectual resource for researchers, teachers, and graduate students of the European Union' - Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA 'Presents an excellent overview of political science research on the EU. It finds the right balance between establishing the state of the art and pointing the reader to theoretical diversity. Highly recommended for advanced students and scholars looking for quick and solid orientation in a fragmented field - and for new ideas for research' - Frank Schimmelfennig, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 'This is a milestone in the study of EU politics. The authors include the most knowledgeable practitioners in the field, and collectively they provide a comprehensive and highly competent overview of the state of theory and research on EU institutions, politics and policies' - Fritz Scharpf, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany The European Union (EU) poses quite profound questions for scholars and students of the social and political sciences. This benchmark handbook is designed to: - provide an authoritative state-of-the art guide to the scope of the field suitable for both established scholars and students of the EU - reflect and contribute to the debates about the nature of the field of EU studies and EU politics in particular - explore in detail the development of the many approaches to the study of EU politics. Divided into four sections, the Handbook focuses on theorizing European integration; the EU as polity; politics and policy making in the EU; and the EU and the international system. Its appeal will reside not only in its comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the field, but also in the quality of its contributors, and the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches included. The resulting volume is a 'must have' for all scholars and advanced students of the EU and European integration.
Just as feminist scholars began to develop an analysis of "the state" and women in Europe gained access to its political, legal and bureaucratic arenas, increased attention and reliance on European institutions have begun to take precedence over the more parochial concerns of the nation state. With the creation of the European super-state, feminist scholars will have to enhance their understanding of the European Union while activists will increasingly focus their efforts upon its institutions. This volume provides a comprehensive examination of EU policy implications for some of the most burning issues concerning women. This is the first book to transcend the emphasis on economics, the conventional basis for EU public policy discussions, thus providing a basis upon which one can begin to assess the politics of European integration from a feminist perspective.
The European Union is a unique, complex, and ever-changing political entity which continues to shape both international politics and the politics of its individual member states. Politics in the European Union provides a clear analysis of the theory, history, policies, and institutions of theEU, giving students a well-rounded introduction to the subject. With an updated history section, this text weaves together material on key contemporary concerns, including the Eurozone crisis and the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, with a thorough consideration of the workings and remit of theEuropean Union.
Introduces the European Union through the lens of comparative politics. Exercises, case studies and real-world examples facilitate student learning.
Articles offer a historical and socio-political analysis of major media and cultural policies in the European Union: 'The Place of Media and Cultural Policy in the EU', K. Sarikakis'; 'Can State Aid in the Film Sector Stand The Proof of EU and WTO Liberalisation Efforts?', C. Pauwels, S. De Vinck, B. Van Rompuy; 'Cultural Diversity and Subsidiarity: The Case of Cultural Tourism In the European Union', E. Dumont, J. Teller; 'Mediating Social Cohesion: Media and Cultural Policy in the European Union and Canada', K. Sarikakis; 'The EU, Communications Liberalisation and the Future of Public Service Broadcasting', P. Humphreys; 'More Europe: More Unity, More Diversity? The Enlargement of the European Audiovisual Space', H. de Smaele; 'Undermining Media Diversity: Inaction on Media Concentrations and Pluralism in the EU', G. Doyle; 'The Construction of European Identity and Citizenship Through Cultural Policy', L. Tsaliki; 'The EU and the Press: Policy or Non-policy?', D. Hutchison; 'Diverse Journalists in a Diverse Europe? Impulses for a Discussion on Media and Integration', S. Kretzschmar; ' Whither Cultural Diversity: The European Union's Market Vision For the Review of Television Without Frontiers Directive', M. Wheeler.
This is the essential text for all students of European Union politics. With its established authority and reputation, the new edition is an even more invaluable resource. It has been updated throughout to reflect recent developments, and there are four new chapters on the constitutional treaty, CFSP and ESDP, the single market, and public opinion.
This best-selling textbook provides a broad-ranging but concise introduction to the EU, covering all major aspects of European integration. The revised new edition takes full account of the current challenges faced by the EU, including the ongoing difficulties in the eurozone and the rise of euroscepticism, which culminated spectacularly in Brexit.
This best-selling book delivers a comprehensive introduction to the policy-making processes at work in the European Union. Written by some of the leading authorities in the field, this new edition has been significantly improved to make it even more accessible for second and third year undergraduates. Addressing some of the more contentious areas in order to stimulate students interest, this book also continues to cover the vital elements of EU courses including: theory history institutions policy relations with member states external relations enlargement. A companion website also supports this edition, with a clear guide to more technical material such as statistics, as well as regular updates. This volume is essential reading for all students of politics and the European Union.
Turkey s Accession to the European Union: Political and Economic Challenges, edited by Belgin Akcay and Bahri Yilmaz, examines economic and political assessments concerning Turkey s road to inclusion in the European Union. This book provides a timely overview of some of the most important issues and debates in the changing context of Europe, the changing context of domestic politics and foreign policy in Turkey, and the likely implications of these changes and developments for EU-Turkey relations."
Lobbying in the European Union provides the most extensive analysis of interest group influence on political decisions in the European Union to date. Thousands of lobbyists lobby decision-makers in Brussels every day, but little is known about their impact on policy. This book addresses this research gap and analyzes the conditions under which interest groups can successfully lobby the European institutions. The major argument is that successful lobbyingdepends on the strength of entire coalitions of likeminded interest groups that lobby the European institutions together. The book relies on a large, new dataset that combines a wide variety of data sources including an analysis of public Commission consultations, a survey among interest groups, informationgathered on interest group websites and legislative data retrieved from EU databases. The book shows that lobbying is a collective enterprise in which information supply, citizen support and economic power of lobbying coalitions are decisive for lobbying success.
Integrating Gender makes a timely contribution to debate about the social content and internal politics of the European Union. Based on a detailed study of the EU's policy on women's rights, it draws together approaches from international relations and feminist theory to develop a powerful critique. Since the 1970s the European Community's policy on women's rights has provided a rare example of a European policy which grants social rights and engages at least to some extent with a mobilized political community. Analysis of policy implementation reveals the complex web which develops when national and transnational state activity interacts with social movements operating in different national and cultural contexts. In Integrating Gender, Catherine Hoskyns tracks these developments across the EU member states using a wide range of primary sources, including original interviews with some of the key women involved at grassroots, professional and official levels. For the first time the prism of feminism is focused on the political, legal and social history of the European Union; the resulting analysis illuminates both the politics of the Union and the reasons for its current crisis of legitimacy.
In European policy-making, the Nordic countries are often viewed as a relatively coherent bloc; in international and European affairs the Nordic position has traditionally been conditioned on being different from and better than Europe. This book offers a coherent, original and systematic comparative analysis of the relationship between the Nordic countries and the European Union over the past two decades. It looks at the historical frame, institutions and policy areas, addressing both traditional EU areas such as agriculture and more nascent areas affecting the domestic and foreign policies of the Nordic countries. In doing so, it examines how the Nordic approach to European policy-making has developed and explains why the Nordic countries are similar in some respects while differing in others when engaging with EU institutions. In highlighting the similarities and differences between the Nordic countries it explores what lessons – positive and negative – may be drawn from this approach for the Nordic countries and other small states. This book will be of interest to scholars, students and practitioners engaged with the Nordic Countries, EU politics and policy-making, European politics and comparative politics.
When will Albania join the EU? Will accession help to achieve prosperity, stability and prosperity? And, what factors are helping it towards this end and holding it back? A study of Albania and its relations with the EU, this book analyses the problems of the country as it moves towards membership of the Union.

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