European Union How Does It Work?

ISBN-10: 0199570809
ISBN-13: 9780199570805
Edition: 3rd 2012
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Book details

List price: $55.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Figures
List of Boxes
List of Tables
Abbreviations and Acronyms
List of Contributors
Map: The European Union's Member States
Guided Tour of the Textbook Features
Guided Tour of the Online Resource Centre
Background
Introduction
Studying the EU
Why bother?
Understanding the EU: Theory and Conceptual Tools
International relations approaches
A comparative politics approach
A public policy approach
A sociological/cultural approach
Themes
Experimentation and change
Power-sharing and consensus
Scope and capacity
Chapter Layout
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
How Did We Get Here?
Introduction
Post-war Settlement
Schuman Plan
European Defence Community
European Community
Consolidating the European Community
Crisis and compromise
The EC after De Gaulle
Difficult decade
The Emerging European Union
Economic and Monetary Union
Maastricht and beyond
Post-Cold war enlargement and constitution building
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Major Actors
The EU's Institutions
Institutions in Treaties and in Practice
The European Commission
Tasks and powers
How the Commission is organized
The Council (of Ministers)
Vice President of the Commission/High Representative for Foreign & Security Policy
The Council Presidency
Voting in the Council
Coreper
European Council (of Heads of State or Government)
The European Parliament
The powers of the EP
European Court of Justice
Why Institutions Matter
Experimentation and change
Power-sharing and consensus
Scope and capacity
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Member States
Introduction
Six Determining Features
Entry date
Size
Wealth
State structure
Economic ideology
Integration preference
Member States in Action
Managing EU Business
Explaining Member States' Engagement
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Policies and Policy-making
Key Policies
Introduction
Key Features of EU Policies
Differences between national and EU policies
The primacy of economic integration
'Market-building' Policies
Competition policy
Commercial (trade) policy
Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)
'Market-correcting' and 'Cushioning' Policies
Common Agricultural Policy
Cohesion policy
Environmental and social regulation
Comparing EU Policy Types
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
How Policies Are Made
Introduction
The Basics
Parliament
Council
How the EU Legislates
Deciding, not legislating
Preparing Commission Proposals
Interest Representation and Lobbying
Types of actor
Organized Interests at Work
European institutions' responses
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Democracy in the European Union
Democracy Beyond the State?
Legislating through Representative Assemblies
How representative are the Parliament and the Council?
Involving national parliaments
Separation of Powers
Executive Accountability
Respecting Fundamental Rights
Political Parties
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
The EU and The Wider World
EU Expansion and Wider Europe
Introduction
Widening versus deepening
Enlargement as soft power
An institutional paradox
How the EU has Expanded
Why countries want to join
Recent enlargements
Prospective Members
Balkan countries
Turkey
Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland
Wider Europe
European Neighbourhood Policy
What Limits for the EU?
What is Europe?
Evaluating Enlargement
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
The EU as a Security Actor
Introducing European Security Policy
How it developed
The basics
The EU and International Security
The Common Security and Defence Policy
Internal Security
Theorizing the EU as a Security Actor
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
The EU as a Global Actor
Introducing European Foreign Policy
How it developed
The basics
A National 'System' of Foreign Policies
The Community System
Commercial (trade) policy
Aid and development
Externalizing internal policies
The Common Foreign and Security Policy
Theorizing the EU as a Global Actor
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Web Links
Conclusion
Introduction
Three Themes
Experimentation and change
Sharing power and seeking consensus
Scope and capacity
Explaining the EU
International relations approaches
A comparative politics approach
A public policy approach
A sociological/cultural approach
Where Do We Go From Here?
Debating the future of Europe
How will it work?
Conclusion
Appendix: Chronology of European Integration
Glossary
References
Index

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