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European Union A Critical Guide

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ISBN-10: 0745316956

ISBN-13: 9780745316956

Edition: 2001

Authors: Steven P. McGiffen

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This work offers a clear and thorough critical introduction to the origins, development and current direction of the EU, and pinpoints the major debates animating decision-makers.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 11/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Steven P. McGiffen works for the United Left Group in the European Parliament. He is also an advisor to the Socialist Party of the Netherlands and editor of Spectre, a radical left on-line magazine. He has worked within the European Parliament since 1986.

Guide to Abbreviations and Acronyms
The Treaties
The Treaty of Rome
The Single European Act
The Institutions
The European Council
The Council of Ministers
The Council Presidency
COREPER (The Committee of Permanent Representatives)
Intergovernmental Conferences (IGCs)
The Commission
The European Parliament
The European Court of Justice (ECJ)
The European Court of Auditors
The Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC)
The Committee of the Regions
How the European Union Makes Law
Different sorts of law
Unanimity v. Qualified Majority Voting (QMV)
The legislative procedures: consultation, co-operation, co-decision and assent
The budget and budgetary procedure
Monitoring expenditure
Background and history
Possible benefits
Criteria for membership
Paying for it
The screening process
Special cases: Turkey, Cyprus and Malta
The Common Foreign and Security Policy
Background and history
The Second Pillar
From Yugoslavia to Amsterdam
Common defence or militarisation?
How the CFSP works
Common (market) values?
Citizenship, Justice and Home Affairs
A controversial policy area
What is EU citizenship?
The Amsterdam Treaty
The Third Pillar
The Charter of Fundamental Rights
The citizen, justice and home affairs
Refugees and asylum
The Euro
Arguments for and against a single currency
The Convergence Criteria and Stability Pact
Will it work?
The Internal Market
The long arm of the Internal Market
Vital regulation or barrier to trade?
Competition policy
The Single European Act
Widows, orphans and jobs (does the internal market mean a 'race to the bottom' in social and environmental policy?)
The four freedoms (goods, services, capital and labour), some freer than others
Private good, public bad (how the EU undermines public ownership)
Mixed blessings of a big market
Consumer protection
External Economic Relations
Employment and Social Policy
Background and history
The question of competence
Competing theories of what causes unemployment
Recent developments in employment policy
Health and safety at work
Informing and consulting workers
Gender equality
Disability, ageing and social exclusion
Education and training
Comett, Erasmus, Lingua, Socrates and Leonardo
The European Social Fund (ESF)
The Environment
Background and history
The Single European Act
Programmes, policies and problems
Public health
The Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy
The CAP: background, history and aims
How it works
The CFP: background, history and aims
Main elements
Multi-annual guidance programmes (MAGPs)
Recent developments
The Common Transport Policy and its limitations
Failures and their causes
Recent developments: legislation v. the voluntary approach
Trans European Networks (TENs)
Regional Policy
Background and history
The Single European Act
Agenda 2000
The European Regional Development Fund and other structural funds
The Cohesion Fund
The Community Initiatives
Industrial Policy and Energy
Background, history and aims
Recent developments in industrial and related policies
Energy policy
Technology, research and development
A summary of the criticisms
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