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The Politics of the European Union

2nd Edition



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  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107118744

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  • This introduction to the politics of the European Union uses the lens of comparative politics to explore the history, theories, institutions, key participants, policies and policy making of the EU. The comparative approach enables students to use their knowledge of domestic politics and broader debates in political science to better understand the EU. Numerous real-world examples guide students through the material, and chapter briefings, fact files and controversy boxes highlight important information and controversial issues in EU politics to widen and deepen student understanding. The second edition has been updated throughout to reflect the results of the 2014 European elections, and new material has been added on the Economic and Monetary Union and the Common Foreign and Security Policy. A companion website features free 'Navigating the EU' exercises to guide students in their analysis of EU policy making.

    • Online 'Navigating the EU' exercises introduce students to useful sources of online information, help them analyse policy making in the EU and provide them with research tasks
    • Companion website also includes chapter summaries, links to websites and scholarly journals, and flashcards
    • Numerous examples, briefings, fact files and controversy boxes enhance student understanding by highlighting important information and controversial issues in EU politics, while suggestions for further reading direct students to important literature and websites for deeper self-study
    • Focuses on the political processes of the EU, with each chapter highlighting a particular theoretical or political controversy - in this way, students gain an appreciation of the dynamics beyond and underneath the institutional specifics of the EU
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    Review of previous edition: 'In a world of either overly empirical or overly complex EU textbooks, Lelieveldt and Princen strike an excellent balance in writing a theoretically informed, empirically accurate, and highly accessible introduction to the politics of the EU.' Mark Rhinard, Public Administration

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107118744
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 177 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 1 map 16 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Setting the Scene: Origins, Analytical Perspectives and Institutions:
    1. The historical development of the EU
    2. Analysing the EU
    3. The institutional framework
    4. Legislation and decision-making: putting the institutional puzzle together
    Part II. Key Actors in EU Politics: Citizens, Interest Groups and Political Parties:
    5. Public opinion and political participation
    6. Interest groups and interest representation
    7. Political parties and the European parliament
    Part III. EU Policies: Agenda-Setting, Decision-Making and Implementation:
    8. An overview of EU policy-making
    9. Agenda-setting
    10. Decision-making
    11. Implementing policies
    Conclusions and Reflections:
    12. Reflecting on the EU as a political system.

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    Herman Lelieveldt, Sebastiaan Princen

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    Herman Lelieveldt, University College Roosevelt, The Netherlands
    Herman Lelieveldt is Associate Professor of Political Science at Utrecht University, University College Roosevelt.

    Sebastiaan Princen, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Sebastiaan Princen is Professor of Governance and Policymaking in the European Union at Utrecht University, Utrecht School of Governance.

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