The Politics of the European Union

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/30/2011
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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A new introduction to the European Union which uses the lens of comparative politics. This approach helps students understand the EU through comparisons with domestic politics and links with broader debates in political science. The text is supported by numerous examples, and chapters include briefings, fact files and controversy boxes which highlight important information and controversial issues in EU politics to widen and deepen student understanding. The authors have developed online 'Navigating the EU' exercises that introduce students to useful sources of information on the internet and help them to analyse policy-making in the EU. This textbook is a comprehensive introduction to EU politics and covers history, theory, key institutions and participants, as well as policies and policy-making.

Table of Contents

Setting the Scene: Origins, Analytical Perspectives and Institutions
The historical development of the EU
Analyzing the EU
The institutional framework
Legislation and decision-making: putting the institutional puzzle together
Key Actors in EU Politics: Citizens, Interest Groups and Political Parties
Public opinion and political participation
Interest groups and interest representation
Political parties and the European parliament
EU Policies: Agenda-Setting, Decision-Making and Implementation
An overview of EU policy-making
Implementing policies
Reflecting on the EU as a political system
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