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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Policies and Policy Processes of the European Union

ISBN 9781403915139
Publication Date March 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series The European Union Series

This major new text on EU policy-making provides a concise but systematic introduction to the main policy areas in which the EU is active and the way in which EU policy is made, explaining how and why the EU's policy portfolio has developed as it has and the distinctive characteristics of each broad policy area.

Laurie Buonanno is Professor of Political Science at SUNY Buffalo State, USA. 

Neill Nugent is Emeritus Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, Honorary Professor at the University of Salford, and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe. His books include The Government and Politics of the European Union, now in its 7th edition.

The Policy Portfolio
Understanding the Policy Portfolio
The Principal Policy Institutions
Other Important Policy Actors
Key Features of Policy Processes
The Policy Cycle
Policy-Making Modes
The Internal Market
Building a Socio-Economic Union: Agriculture, Cohesion, Environment, and Growth Policies
Economic and Monetary Union
The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
Trade Policy
Foreign and External Security Policy
The Budget
Challenges and Prospects.


A comprehensive guide to the complex maze of public policy in a hybrid political system, its evolution over time, and the theoretical tools needed to make sense of it. It will be a most valuable to anyone trying to understand the European project as it tries to respond to the most severe crisis in its history.' - Renaud Dehousse, Sciences Po, Paris 'Despite the explosion of literature on the European Union, there are surprisingly few good full-length surveys of its policies and policy processes. Happily, Buonanno and Nugent have come to the rescue. This excellent text examines the dynamics of EU policy and each of the core areas of policy in which the EU is active, offering a much-needed contribution which will be welcomed by scholars and students alike.'- John McCormick, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA'Thorough and authoritative, and based on a considerable body of knowledge and understanding, this book deserves to become a core text on EU policies and policy-making. A central and innovative contribution is to show that the EU is less different from other political formations than is often assumed. And with the EU in flux, it offers a compass to contextualize the processes of change.'- Wyn Grant, University of Warwick, UK'The EU series is in a class of its own. For high quality analysis by well qualified authors, its range of coverage and sense of cohesion give it a huge edge over other publishers' offerings.'- Jolyon Howorth, Yale University, USA
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