Introduction -- The evolution of European integration -- Institutions and decision-making in the European Union -- Key policies of the European Union -- The European Union in the world -- Controversies in today's European Union -- Where now for the European Union?
"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 possibility of a "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"--
The European Union is the largest economic entity in the world and one of the largest political entities, with 493 million people in 2006. Fully updated for 2007 to include controversial and current topics such as the Union's enlargement and its role in ongoing world affairs, this accessible Very Short Introduction shows how and why the Union has developed, how its institutions work, and what it does--from the single market to the Euro, and from agriculture to peace-keeping and the environment. Pinder and Usherwood cover the entire history of the Union, examine the momentous changes that have taken place within the Union since 2000, and highlight the benefits, controversies, and lessons learned from programs such as its expansion into central and eastern Europe, and the circulation of the Euro. The book also examines the role of the European Union as a peace-keeper in Europe and beyond, sheds light on how it functions in world politics, looks at its role in supporting the rise of environmental politics, and considers the challenges and choices that lie ahead in the 21st century --
The tragedy of Europe / Winston S. Churchill -- The Schuman Declaration / Robert Schuman -- Preambles to the Treaties of Rome -- A ferment of change / Jean Monnet -- A concert of European states / Charles de Gaulle -- Preamble to the Single European Act -- A family of nations / Margaret Thatcher -- A necessary union / Jacques Delors -- Preamble to the Treaty on European Union (the Maastricht Treaty) -- Altiero Spinelli and the strategy for the United States of Europe / Sergio Pistone -- A working peace system / David Mitrany -- Political integration : definitions and hypotheses / Leon N. Lindberg -- Neofunctionalism : a case of mistaken identity / A.J.R. Groom -- The theory of economic integration : an introduction / Bela Balassa -- Domestic politics and European Community policy making / Simon Bulmer -- Political elites, popular indifference and community building / Martin Slater -- Organized interests and the Europe of 1992 / Philippe C. Schmitter and Wolfgang Streeck -- 1992 : recasting the European bargain / Wayne Sandholtz and John Zysman -- Negotiating the Single European Act : national interests and conventional statecraft in the European Community / Andrew Moravcsik -- Institutional change in Europe in the 1980s / Robert O. Keohane and Stanley Hoffmann -- Choosing union : monetary politics and Maastricht / Wayne Sandholtz
"In the EU experience, the very concept of union was formally used for the first time in the preamble of the 1957 Rome Treaty establishing the European Economic Community (EEC), when the signatory states expressed their determination "to lay the foundations of an ever-closer union among the peoples of Europe". This concept was then strengthened in the 1992 Maastricht Treaty or Treaty establishing the European Union (TEU), when the signatory states reaffirmed in the Treaty's preamble their resolution "to continue the process of creating an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe""--
Dilemmas, contradictions and the future of European democracy / Svein S. Andersen and Kjell A. Eliassen -- Euro-parties and European parties: new arenas, new challenges and new strategies / Mogens N. Pedersen -- EU-lobbying: between representativity and effectiveness / Svein S. Andersen and Kjell A. Eliassen -- The modern West European state and the European Union: democratic erosion or a new kind of polity? / Wolfgang Wessels -- The French EU decision-making: between destabilisation and adaptation / Christian Lequesne -- European Union policy-making and national institutions--the case of Belgium / Cecilia Andersen -- Italy: in need of more EU democracy / Federiga Maria Bindi -- The role of the Commission / Finn Laursen -- The role of the Council / Fiona Hayes-Renshaw -- Voting power under the UE constitution / Jan E. Lane, Reinert M(c)Œland and Sven Berg -- The European Parliament / Juliet Lodge -- The European Union: 1996 and beyond--a personal view from the side-line / Rolf Gustavsson -- The European Union and the erosion of parliamentary democracy: a study of post-parliamentary governance / Svein S. Andersen and Tom Burns -- Democracy: traditional concerns in new institutional settings / Svein S. Andersen and Kjell A. Eliassen