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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Understanding the European Union

A Concise Introduction

Edition 7th Edition
ISBN 9781137606259
Publication Date April 2017
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave
Series The European Union Series

This best-selling textbook provides a broad-ranging but concise introduction to the EU, covering all major aspects of European integration. The revised new edition takes full account of the current challenges faced by the EU, including the ongoing difficulties in the eurozone and the rise of euroscepticism, which culminated spectacularly in Brexit.

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics at Indiana University, Indianapolis, and a past Fulbright-Schuman Chair in transatlantic relations at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

The author of twelve books and multiple book chapters and academic papers, his most recent publications include Europeanism (Oxford University Press, 2010), Contemporary Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, 2012), Understanding the European Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 6th edition, 2014), European Union Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition, 2015), and Comparative Government and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 10th edition, 2016).

1. What is the European Union?
2. The Idea of Europe
3. The Evolution of the EU
4. The European Institutions
5. The EU and its Citizens
6. The EU Policy Process
7. Economic Policy
8. Internal Policies
9. External Policies
10. Conclusions


Review of earlier edition:
'[A] very useful text...Among hundreds...about the phenomenon of European integration, this book stands out as one that really tackles the complexity of the economic, political and legal systems of the EU succinctly.' - Giedrius Surplys, Journal of European Affairs
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