Politics of European Integration

Author: Andrew Glencross
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118574176
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This is a systematic, up-to-date exploration of the politics of European integration that includes balanced coverage of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Union. Examines European integration as a contested political process that continues to divide and inspire nations, citizens, and politicians Provides students with the analytical tools to consider why the EU functions as it currently does, whether the EU is sufficiently democratic, the politics behind EU legislation, debates over foreign policy, proposals for institutional reform, and the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis Brings together the latest scholarly research from comparative politics, international relations, law, and democratic theory Accompanied by a range of student resources including chapter-level flashcards and independent study questions – available at www.wiley.com/go/glencross

Politics of European Integration Political Union or a House Divided

Author: CTI Reviews
Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
ISBN: 1490299971
Format: PDF
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Facts101 is your complete guide to Politics of European Integration, Political Union or a House Divided. In this book, you will learn topics such as as those in your book plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

The New Intergovernmentalism

Author: Christopher J. Bickerton
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0198703619
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Challenges established assumptions about how EU member states behave, what supranational institutions want, and where the dividing line between high and low politics is located. Develops and new theoretical framework and draws conclusions about the state of political disequilibrium in which the EU operates.

Surpassing Realism

Author: Mark Gilbert
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 058546877X
Format: PDF, ePub
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A second edition of this book is now available. This accessible text provides a concise political history of European integration from the end of World War II to the present. The "European project" raises fascinating and important questions: How did Europe's states overcome their traditional rivalries and quarrels to build supranational institutions? What were the economic and geopolitical forces that drove them? Which individual statesmen contributed most to defining the European project? What are the issues that confronted the EU in the last decade and what problems will the EU face as its leaders consider even more advanced forms of political integration? All these questions are addressed by this engaging text, which offers a clear and readable account of the complex historical process by which Europe's unique polity has been built.

Key Controversies in European Integration

Author: Hubert Zimmermann
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137529520
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In the fully revised and updated second edition of this highly engaging text, prominent scholars from around the world reflect on the current and future state of the European Union. Representing the whole spectrum of thinking about the EU, from pro-European to openly Eurosceptic perspectives, the authors debate 16 key controversies in relation to the nature, current state and future of European integration. Thematic chapters address the most important issues in EU politics, with authors presenting diametrically opposed views on each controversy. Among the debates covered are: • How efficient is the European Union? • Does the European Court of Justice have too much power? • Will the Euro survive? • Can the EU tame big finance? • Should we expect a common European army? All chapters in the second edition have been thoroughly revised, with new chapters added to take account of recent developments. These cover the crisis of the euro, business lobbying in the EU, Britain's relationship with the EU, and the pros and cons of German hegemony. This comprehensive and accessible text will prove invaluable reading for students of the EU by providing both sides of the debate in some of the most contentious issues in European integration.

Cultural Politics and Political Culture in Postmodern Europe

Author: J. Peter Burgess
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042003170
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The present volume assembles essays from a broad cultural and professional spectrum around the question of European cultural identity. The heterogeneity of the contributors — their differing points of departure and methods — attests to a tension in intellectual communities which today is more intense than ever. Europe's identity crisis is not merely an empirical matter. It reflects a far deeper, and far older,discursive crisis. The mandate of Europe's traditional intellectual institutions to preserve and police their own cultural heritage has proved incapable of evolving in a manner sufficient to account for the mutation in its object: European culture. It is not merely that Europe's identity, like any identity in the flux of history, has changed. Rather, the notion of identity, the very basis of any questions of who we are, where we are going, and the appropriate political forms and social institutions for further existence, all rely on a logic of identity which has, at best, become extremely problematic. It is this problematization which provides the common thread unifying the following essays. Each contributor, in his/her own way and with respect to his/her own research object, confronts the adequacy of the concept of cultural identity. The hidden presuppositions of this concept are indeed remarkable, and the logic of cultural identity prescribes that they remain undisclosed.

Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration

Author: Catherine E. De Vries
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192511904
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The European Union (EU) is facing one of the rockiest periods in its existence. No time in its history has it looked so economically fragile, so unsecure about how to protect its borders, so divided over how to tackle the crisis of legitimacy facing its institutions, and so under assault of Eurosceptic parties. The unprecedented levels of integration in recent decades have led to increased public contestation, yet at the same the EU is more reliant on public support for its continued legitimacy than ever before. This book examines the role of public opinion in the European integration process. It develops a novel theory of public opinion that stresses the deep interconnectedness between people's views about European and national politics, and suggests that public opinion cannot simply be characterized as either Eurosceptic or not, but rather consists of different types. This is important because these types coincide with fundamentally different views about the way the EU should be reformed and which policy priorities should be pursued. These types also have very different consequences for behaviour in elections and referenda. Euroscepticism is such a diverse phenomenon because the Eurozone crisis has exacerbated the structural imbalances within the EU. As the economic and political fates of member states diverged, people's experiences with and evaluations of the EU and national political systems also grew further apart. The heterogeneity in public preferences that this book has uncovered makes a one-size-fits-all approach to addressing Euroscepticism unlikely to be successful.

Why the UK Voted for Brexit

Author: Andrew Glencross
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137590017
Format: PDF
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This book studies the unprecedented decision of 23 June 2016, which saw the UK electorate vote to leave the EU, turning David Cameron’s referendum gamble into a great miscalculation. It analyzes the renegotiation that preceded the vote, before examining the campaign itself so as to understand why the government’s strategy for winning foundered. It then evaluates the implications that this decision has for the country’s international relations as well as for its domestic politics. The author’s final reflections are on the political philosophy of Brexit, which is founded on a critique of representative democracy. Yet the use of direct democracy to trigger EU withdrawal leaves the supposedly sovereign British people at an impasse. For it is up to the people’s representatives to negotiate the terms of Brexit. By engaging with a highly charged political debate in an accessible and non-partisan manner this book will appeal to a broad readership of academics, policy-makers, journalists, and interested citizens.