The European Union Explained

The European Union Explained

Institutions, Actors, Global Impact
Andreas Staab
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/03/2008
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.

Reviews

“This quick and accessible overview of the structure, history, and policies of the European Union is a valuable tool for scholars and professionals alike. "An informative, well-paced, and clearly articulated narrative of the European Union's development." —Jennifer Yoder, Colby College”

“This thoroughly updated edition of an accessible introduction to the EU provides useful background for coursework, and is an ideal tool for scholars and professionals in government, business, the media, or the nonprofit sector.”

“This brief and accessible introduction to the EU is ideal for anyone in need of a concise overview of its structure, history, and policies. This updated edition includes a new chapter on the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone.”

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

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

“Readers in America and Europe alike will benefit from the very considerable expertise revealed in these pages.”
 — Hugh Dykes, House of Lords, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on the European Union

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

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

“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

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

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

“The European Union Explained offers a fine introduction to the European Union and will appeal to a range of collections, from political science and business holdings to college-level collections strong in the media. October 2011”
 — Midwest Book Review

“Readers in America and Europe alike will benefit from the very considerable expertise revealed in these pages.”
 — Hugh Dykes, House of Lords Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on the European Union

“The value of [this] third edition is its recounting and integration of recent events, placing news in a context that is often absent on the Internet. An excellent resource for college students at all levels and a must for European studies scholars and researchers. . . . Highly recommended. ”
 — Choice

“The European Union Explained offers a fine introduction to the European Union and will appeal to a range of collections, from political science and business holdings to college-level collections strong in the media.”
 — Midwest Book Review

“Covers all the essential topics related to the EU.”
 — Choice

“Covers all the essential topics related to the EU.”
 — Choice

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

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
Conclusion

Notes
Reading Sources
Index

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