The European Union Explained

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-06-24
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
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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.

Author Biography

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

Prefacep. IX
Acknowledgmentsp. XIII
List of Acronymsp. XV
List of Tablesp. XIX
The Evolution of the European Union
Parameters of European Integrationp. 3
Enlargementp. 31
The European Commissionp. 47
The European Councilp. 54
The Council of Ministersp. 59
The European Parliamentp. 65
The European Court of Justicep. 74
Checks and Balancesp. 82
The Single Market and Competitionp. 91
Regional Policy and Cohesionp. 104
The Common Agricultural Policyp. 114
Economic and Monetary Unionp. 126
Justice and Home Affairsp. 141
Common Foreign and Security Policyp. 151
Trade and the Common Commercial Policyp. 161
Environmentp. 170
Conclusionp. 177
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 203
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