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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Rethinking the European Union

ISBN 9781137341679
Publication Date January 2015
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Rethinking World Politics

The eurozone crisis has raised fundamental questions about the EU's future and has also sparked debate about the wider functions and future direction of European integration in the 21st century. This engaging book provides a broad-ranging reassessment of the whole experience of integration to date and the challenges which face Europe today.

Nathaniel Copsey holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics, and is both Head of the Politics and International Relations group and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe, at Aston University, UK.

1. Introduction
2. The Great Recession, the Eurozone Crisis and European Integration
3. European Identity
4. Legitimacy: Democracy, Accountability and Credibility
5. Solidarity: Winners and Losers in European Integration
6. Sustaining European Capitalism
7. Sustaining Europe's Global Role
8. Rethinking European Integration
9. Conclusion: Rethinking the Choices for Europe.


A very thoughtful and provocative book: the author moves effortlessly across the EU's many systemic challenges, combining sharp critical assessments with constructive ideas about the Union's future after the Eurozone crisis.' - Jörg Monar, College of Europe
'The European Union is in deep trouble, internally and externally. A new leadership is not enough to turn things around and a radically new mindset and re-think of fundamentals is now both unavoidable and urgent. This much-needed book is a courageous attempt to chart such a new way forward.' – Jolyon Howorth, Yale University
'As the European Union haltingly emerges from its worst ever crisis, there is a need to rethink both the EU itself and its relations with its member states. Nat Copsey does just this in a clear, original and highly readable assessment of the crisis and its impact - and of how Europe can recover and avoid experiencing anything similar again.' – Anand Menon, King's College London r/> 'Essential reading for anyone wondering why the European Union is struggling at the moment with economic weakness at home and insecurity on its borders. The European Union needs new thinking not just economically and socially but also in relation to its identity, norms and values, and place in the world: Copsey asks the right questions and offers many answers.' – Erik Jones, The Johns Hopkins University
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