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EU Law and Governance


Mark Dawson, Hertie School of Governance, Floris de Witte, London School of Economics and Political Science


What is the EU for? In light of the current state of European integration, EU law cannot meaningfully be appreciated without understanding the political, social and cultural context within which it operates. This textbook proposes a fresh, accessible and interdisciplinary take on the subject that is suitable for one-semester and introductory courses wishing to engage the reader with the wider context of the EU project. It situates the institutions, legal order and central policy domains of the EU in their…

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Key features

  • Focuses on a central narrative that runs throughout the book: 'what is the EU for'? Students can focus on the big picture and appreciate the connection between different parts of EU law
  • Takes an inter-disciplinary perspective, understanding the EU as a system of government as well as law, in which we help you obtain a deep understanding of the political constraints within which EU law operates
  • Presents the material in the way of debates, highlighting political and social implications and tensions. Students are encouraged to connect the law with the political and social challenges that the EU faces
  • Written in accessible language and couched within processes that political/social science students will be familiar with. Nuances of EU law can be understood, criticised and appreciated on their own terms as well as in context

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