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This brief and accessible introduction to the European Union is ideal for scholars and professionals in government, business, the media, or the nonprofit sector who need a concise overview of the structure, history, and policies of the EU. This new edition also provides useful background reading for advanced high school and college courses and for those planning overseas study, work, or research. 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. The entire text has been thoroughly updated to incorporate information about key actors, terms, and new developments, and a new chapter on environmental policy has been added.
Andreas Staab is the founder and director of EPIC-the European Policy Information Centre, a UK-based consultancy on the European Union. He teaches in the London programs of three North American universities and is author of National Identity in Eastern Germany.
Table of Contents
|List of Acronyms||p. XV|
|List of Tables||p. XIX|
|The Evolution of the European Union|
|Parameters of European Integration||p. 3|
|The European Commission||p. 47|
|The European Council||p. 54|
|The Council of Ministers||p. 59|
|The European Parliament||p. 65|
|The European Court of Justice||p. 74|
|Checks and Balances||p. 82|
|The Single Market and Competition||p. 91|
|Regional Policy and Cohesion||p. 104|
|The Common Agricultural Policy||p. 114|
|Economic and Monetary Union||p. 126|
|Justice and Home Affairs||p. 141|
|Common Foreign and Security Policy||p. 151|
|Trade and the Common Commercial Policy||p. 161|
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