The Impact of European Integration: Political, Sociological, and Economic Changes

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Yorgos A. Kourvetaris, George A. Kourvetaris, Andreas Moschonas
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Business & Economics - 335 pages

Although there are many pamphlets and monographs that cover specific aspects of the European Community, the literature seems to lack a single, scholarly reader that gives a complete account of the many dimensions of European integration. This volume, written by a distinguished group of international specialists, seeks to fill this void by pulling together a broad collection of papers focusing on the political, sociological, and economic issues surrounding the European Union. Beginning with a historical look at the genesis, evolution, and theoretical interpretation of the historical process of European integration, the book goes on to analyze the socio-economic structure of the European community and the social forces operating within it. Students and scholars will find this a valuable, flexible, and versatile text for manifold courses in the social sciences; policymakers and general readers will find this a highly informative and readable evaluation of the current state of the European Union.

 

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Contents

The Logic of European Integration
9
The Socioeconomic Structure of The European Union
39
The Capitalist Class in The European Union
55
SmallScale Industry Development Controversies and The European Union
75
The Agricultural Strata in The European Union and The Common Agricultural Policy
97
Asking for the Moon The Political Participation of Immigrants in The European Union
131
Attitudes Toward European Integration Ethnic and Cultural Dimensions
151
Organized Interests in The European Union
169
The European Parliament
233
European Union and Local Government The Challenges of Integration and Internationalization
253
Political European Integration Integration Requisites
271
The Limits of The European Union The Question of Enlargement
287
Return to Decadent Europe Debating Europes Security
299
Annotated Bibliography
313
Index
321
About the Editors and Contributors
331

The Nature of Political Parties in The European Union
201

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About the author (1996)

George A. Kourvetaris is professor of sociology at Northern Illinois University. Educated in both Greece and the United States, he received his PhD from Northwestern University. He has written extensively on political sociology, ethnicity, social theory and civil military relations. He founded the Journal of Political and Military Sociology in 1973.

Andreas Moschonas is assistant professor of aociology and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at the University of Crete. He received his PhD from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada.

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