From EC to EU: An Historical and Political Survey

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Law - 254 pages
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The evolution of the European Community and its transition to the European Union has been far from smooth or predictable. Assessing key episodes, such as France's decision to absent herself from the Council of Ministers in 1965 and the turbulent events of 1973, Richard McAllister explores the history of European integration from the 1950s to the ratification of the Treaty on European Union at Maastricht and beyond. Written in a pacey and engaging way, this study reveals the full inside story of the political manoeuvrings behind the development of the European Union.
Drawing extensively on contemporary reactions, Richard McAllister demonstrates how unforseen crises and events have been as significant as the 'grand designs' in shaping the EC/U. In particular, he looks at the evolving debates in four areas: the organisation of the EC/U's different institutions; policy development; the international role of the EC/U; its geographical scope and membership.
This study is an important contribution to an understanding of the past, present and uncertain future of European integration.
 

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Contents

1 Birth childhood and adolescence
11
2 The Community at the end of the 1960s
41
196972
61
A turbulent year
81
Locust years
95
The late 1970s and early 1980s
127
Single Market and Single Act
161
8 The late 1980s and the road to 1992
183
198993
207
19946
227
Bibliography
237
Index
247
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Richard McAllister is Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, at the University of Edinburgh.

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