The European Union Explained

The European Union Explained

Institutions, Actors, Global Impact
Andreas Staab
Distribution: World
Publication date: 8/31/2009
ISBN: 978-0-253-00264-8
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The European Union Explained provides a concise overview of the structure, history, and policies of the European Union. Anyone who needs a quick and accessible introduction to the EU—including scholars and professionals in government, business, media, or the nonprofit sector—will find this volume a valuable tool. Ideal for advanced high school and college text use, it is also useful background reading for those planning overseas study, work, or research. Drawing on many years of teaching and consulting, 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.

Author Bio

Andreas Staab is founder and director of the European Policy Information Centre (EPIC), a London-based training agency on the European Union. He is author of National Identity in Eastern Germany as well as articles on citizenship, democracy, and European politics. He lives in London, England.


"An informative, well-paced, and clearly articulated narrative of the European Union's development." —Jennifer Yoder, Colby College

"A wonderful exposition of the European Union." —Ambassador Donato Chiarini, European Commission

"Very informative, comprehensive and well constructed." —Ljerka Mintas Hodak, former Minister of Education, Government of the Republic of Croatia

"This book covers all the essential topics related to the EU . . . . Recommended. General readers, all undergraduate students." —
Choice , July 2009

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Table of Contents


Part 1. The Evolution of the EU
1. Parameters of European Integration
2. Enlargement

Part 2. Institutions
3. The European Commission
4. The European Council
5. The Council of Ministers
6. The Presidency
7. The European Parliament
8. The European Court of Justice
9. Who Controls Whom? Checks and Balances

Part 3. Policies
10. Single Market and Competition
11. Regional Policy and Cohesion
12. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
13. Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)
14. Justice and Home Affairs
15. Common Foreign and Security Policy
16. Trade and the Common Commercial Policy

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