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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Why Europe Matters

The Case for the European Union

ISBN 9781137016874
Publication Date July 2013
Formats Paperback Hardcover Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

In this insightful and engaging new book, John McCormick argues that the current climate of gloom makes it more important than ever to remind people about the achievements of Europe. The book makes a clear and unequivocal case that shows how the EU, in spite of its problems, has made Europe a better, more peaceful, and more prosperous place.

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA. He originally trained in journalism and worked for eight years in the information departments of two London-based environmental interest groups before becoming an academic since when he has published a wide range of books on the EU and other subjects including Understanding European Integration (now in its 5th edition), The European Union, The European Superpower and Contemporary Britain.

1. Introduction
2. What is Europe?
3. Europe as a Peacemaker
4. Europe as a Marketplace
5. Europe as a Democracy
6. Europe as a Community
7. Europe as a Model
8. Europe as a Global Player
9. Where To From Here?
10. Twenty Reasons Why Europe Matters


A stark challenge to sceptics and critics.' - Jacques Delors, Former President of the European Commission
'This book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive look at the EU foreign policy, by presenting its history, development, actors, institutions, infrastructures, policy-making structures, scope of competence, cooperation ranges as well as challenges and limits ... a good starting point for those who seek pro-integration arguments' - European Union Foreign Affairs Journal
'McCormick's clear, concrete exposition of the unique importance of the EU to all its member states and citizens will inform and enlighten Euro enthusiasts and sceptics alike - and could not have been more timely for the new debate about Britain's role in a changing Union.' - John Palmer, formerly European editor of the Guardian and founder political director of the European Policy Centre
'[A] clear, concise and enlightening account of European integration… [it] may even succeed in encouraging some Eurosceptics to examine Europe from a different perspective.' - Political Studies Review
'A must read for citizens, professionals, students and policy-makers alike by one of the most respected authorities on European Affairs.' - Alexander Stubb, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Finland
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