The European Union has established itself as a leading text that provides readers from all disciplines with a sound understanding of the economics and policies of the EU. Its wealth of information, detail and analysis has ensured that previous editions have been read by students, researchers and professional policy makers alike. This new edition: • Covers all recent developments affecting the EU such as enlargement, the ratification of the Nice Treaty and the Convention for the Future of Europe • Has been thoroughly updated and includes new contributors for the chapters on social policy, the single market, EU competition policy, and the legal dimension of the EU • Is written in a clear and engaging style by a team of internationally renowned academics.
• Comprehensive and up-to-date coverage • Combination of theory and policy • Each chapter written by a specialist in non-technical language
List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; Preface; A guide for users; List of abbreviations; 1. General introduction: the EU within the global context of regional integration Ali El-Agraa; Part I. EU History, Institutions, Legal Dimension and Basic Statistics: 2. A history of European integration and evolution of the EU Ali El-Agraa; 3. EU institutions Ali El-Agraa; 4. The legal dimension in EU integration Damian Chalmers and Luke Haasbeek; 5. The basic statistics Ali El-Agraa; Part II. EU market integration: theory and practice: 6. The theory of economic integration Ali El-Agraa; 7. The economics of the single market Brian Ardy and Ali El-Agraa; 8. Factor mobility David Mayes and Juha Kilponen; 9. Measuring the impact of economic integration Nigel Grimwade; Part III. EU Monetary Integration: 10. The theory of monetary integration Ali El-Agraa; 11. The development of EU economic and monetary integration David Mayes and Ali El-Agraa; 12. The operation of EMU David Mayes; Part IV. The Single European Market: policy and integration: 13. Competition policy Wolf Sauter and Jurian Langer; 14. Industrial and competitiveness policy: the Lisbon Strategy Brian Ardy; 15. Tax harmonization Brian Ardy and Ali El-Agraa; 16. Transport policy Kenneth Button; 17. Energy policy and energy markets Stephen Martin and Ali El-Agraa; 18. Environmental policy Alan Marin; Part V. EU budget and structural policies: 19. The general budget Brian Ardy and Ali El-Agraa; 20. The Common Agricultural Policy Ulrich Koester and Ali El-Agraa; 21. The Common Fisheries Policy Brian Ardy and Ali El-Agraa; 22. Regional policy Harvey Armstrong; 23. Social policies: the employment dimension Brian Ardy and Ali El-Agraa; Part VI. EU External Relations: 24. External trade policy Marius Brülhart and Alan Matthews; 25. The EU and the developing world Alan Matthews; Part VII. The enlargement, success and future of the EU: 26. Enlargement David Mayes; 27. Has the EU been successful? Ali El-Agraa; 28. The future of the EU Ali El-Agraa; References; Author index; Subject index.
'El-Agraa's (2007) textbook is designed for readers from all disciplines studying the EU, its economics and policies and the effects of economic integration. It offers an overview of economic policies and principles (including chapters on theories of economic and on monetary integration) and touches on various policy-making areas. It is among the most useful textbooks for those mainly interested in the economics of the EU.' Journal of Common Market Studies