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The Politics of the European Union

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  • Date Published: June 2011
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  • isbn: 9781139089029

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  • A new introduction to the European Union which uses the lens of comparative politics. This approach helps students understand the EU through comparisons with domestic politics and links with broader debates in political science. The text is supported by numerous examples, and chapters include briefings, fact files and controversy boxes which highlight important information and controversial issues in EU politics to widen and deepen student understanding. The authors have developed online 'Navigating the EU' exercises that introduce students to useful sources of information on the internet and help them to analyse policy-making in the EU. This textbook is a comprehensive introduction to EU politics and covers history, theory, key institutions and participants, as well as policies and policy-making.

    • An introduction to the EU using the lens of comparative politics - this approach helps the student understand the EU through comparisons with domestic politics and links with broader debates in political science
    • Covers everything the student needs in an introduction to the EU - history, theories, institutions, key participants and policies and policy-making
    • Numerous examples, briefings, fact files and controversy boxes deepen student understanding by highlighting important information and controversial issues in EU politics
    • Online 'Navigating the EU' exercises introduce students to useful sources of information on the internet, help students analyse policy-making in the EU, and provide research tasks for students
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    'The Politics of the European Union is refreshingly new and is destined to be adopted widely as an undergraduate textbook. The authors have an excellent 'feel' for the practical workings of the EU policy process and, drawing on their knowledge of comparative politics, ask exactly the right fundamental questions about the EU as a polity.' Professor Jeremy Richardson, Editor, Journal of European Public Policy and Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford

    'The textbook is ideal for instructors who wish to provide an introduction to the politics of the European Union but also exploit the explanatory power offered by comparative politics. And it is ideal for undergraduate students who are problem-oriented but wish to move beyond mere description and understand the mechanisms behind political outcomes. Without being descriptively overloaded, the book summarises concisely the principal concerns and findings of the field, and the extent to which there is consensus or controversy.' Fabio Franchino, Professor of Political Science, University of Milan

    'Finally an EU textbook that seamlessly weaves together comparative politics and EU politics. Herman Lelieveldt and Sebastiaan Princen have written a richly textured, highly informative, yet accessible book for graduates and undergraduates.' Liesbet Hooghe, Zachary Taylor Smith Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina, and Chair in Multilevel Governance, VU University of Amsterdam

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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139089029
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Setting the Scene: Origins, Analytical Perspectives and Institutions:
    1. The historical development of the EU
    2. Analyzing 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
    12. Reflecting on the EU as a political system.

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    Herman Lelieveldt, Sebastiaan Princen

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    • Area Studies: Western Europe
    • Becoming European: Former Communist States Enter the European Union
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  • Authors

    Herman Lelieveldt, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Herman Lelieveldt is Associate Professor in political science at Roosevelt Academy, one of Utrecht University's liberal arts honours colleges, located in Middelburg, the Netherlands.

    Sebastiaan Princen, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Dr Sebastiaan Princen is Associate Professor at Utrecht University School of Governance.

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