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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Ever Closer Union

An Introduction to European Integration

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9780230272613
Publication Date August 2010
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series The European Union Series

Ever Closer Union clearly and engagingly introduces the complexities of European integration. The 4th edition is fully revised and updated to take account of major changes in the EU, including full coverage of the impact of the Lisbon Treaty. 

DESMOND DINAN is Professor of Public Policy and holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy at George Mason University, USA. His numerous publications include Europe Recast: A History of European Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and he is Editor of Encyclopedia of the European Union.

Reconstruction, Reconciliation and Integration, 1945-1957
Uncertain Terrain, 1958-1972
A Community in Flux, 1973-1984
From European Community to European Union, 1985-1992
The Emergent European Union, 1993-1999
The Unsettled European Union, 2000-2010
The Commission
The European Council and the Council of Ministers
The European Parliament
Interinstitutional Dynamics
Agriculture and Cohesion
The Internal Market and Monetary Union
Economic Performance: Growth and Jobs
The Environment, Energy, and Climate Change
Beyond the EU's Borders
Internal and External Security
EU-US Relations.


Reviews for the previous editions: 'A masterful examination of the history, institutions, and policies of the EU.' – Europe'A rich history, navigable institutional blueprints, and a frank discussion of the past, present, and future activities of the European integration project ... As a teaching resource its comprehensive coverage, attention to detail, and amusing anecdotal style make it an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses alike ... its extensive bibliography, logical organization, and historical perspective will make it attractive to researchers as well.' – ECSA Review
'An essential foundation text for the study of the politics of the European Union ... belongs on every student's shelf.' – Cambridge Review of International Affairs
'A tour de force grounded in the politics of the EU's big players.' – Times Education Supplement
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