The Government and Politics of the European Union

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Duke University Press, 2006 - Law - 630 pages
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The leading text in its field, The Government and Politics of the European Union offers a clear and comprehensive explanation of the historical development and ongoing evolution of the European Union (EU). As in previous editions, this sixth edition presents an account and analysis of the origins of the Union, the key treaties, the main institutions and political actors, and the EU's policies and policy processes. The book, in short, explains where the EU has come from, what it now does, and how it does it.

There have been many developments within the European Union since the last edition of this volume. In May 2004, the EU increased in size from fifteen to twenty-five member states, and, in so doing, became a pan-European, rather than Western European, organization. The following month, national leaders reached agreement on the contents of the long-discussed and exhaustively negotiated Constitutional Treaty only to see the fruits of their labors rejected in 2005 by voters in France and the Netherlands. These are only the most obvious manifestations of a constantly evolving integration process addressed throughout the book. Every chapter has been extensively revised since the last edition.

The Government and Politics of the European Union also includes reflections on the conceptual and theoretical tools used to analyze the integration process and the EU, as well as on the factors likely to influence the Union's future development.

  

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Contents

The Transformation of Western Europe
5
The Creation of the European Community
36
The Evolution of the European Community and Union
48
From Western to PanEuropean Integration
57
The Evolving Treaty Framework
77
From Rome to Amsterdam
79
The Treaty of Mice
104
The Constitutional Treaty
116
Policies and Policy Processes of the European Union
349
Policies
351
Policy Processes
392
The Budget
430
Agricultural Policy and Policy Processes
455
External Relations
483
National Influences and Controls on European Union Processes
523
Stepping Back and Looking Forward
543

Treaties and the Integration Process
129
The Institutions and Political Actors of the European Union
147
The Commission
149
The Council of Ministers
191
The European Council
219
The European Parliament
240
European Union Law and the Courts
281
Other Institutions and Actors
311
Conceptualising and Theorising
545
Present Realities and Future Prospects
578
Chronology
587
Guide to Further Reading
599
Bibliography
605
Index
619
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About the author (2006)

Neill Nugent is Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Manchester Metropolitan University. His numerous books include European Union Enlargement, The European Commission, and At the Heart of the Union.

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