The European Union Explained
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The European Union Explained

Institutions, Actors, Global Impact
Second Edition
Andreas Staab
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/9/2011
ISBN: 978-0-253-00164-1
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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 Bio

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.


"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

"Covers all the essential topics related to the EU." —
Choice , reviewing a previous edition or volume

"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

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

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 , October 2011

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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
List of Tables

Part 1. The Evolution of the European Union
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 European Parliament
7. The European Court of Justice
8. Checks and Balances
Part 3. Policies
9. The Single Market and Competition
10. Regional Policy and Cohesion
11. The Common Agricultural Policy
12. Economic and Monetary Union
13. Justice and Home Affairs
14. Common Foreign and Security Policy
15. Trade and the Common Commercial Policy
16. Environment