The Political System of the European Union

Author: Simon Hix
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230344181
Release Date: 2011-03-01
Genre: Political Science

The Political System of the European Union sets out an innovative way of analyzing, researching and teaching the European Union. Starting from the observation that the EU now possesses many of the attributes of modern political systems, Hix and Høyland argue that we should use the general theories of political science to help understand how the EU works. For each of the main processes in the EU political system – executive, legislative and judicial politics, public opinion, interest groups and democracy, and regulatory, monetary and foreign policies – the book introduces the key political science tools, reviews the relevant theories, and applies the knowledge in detailed descriptive analysis. The third edition of this highly acclaimed and groundbreaking text has been fully revised and rewritten throughout. As well as incorporating new data and the latest research, it examines the consequences of key developments in the EU, from enlargement to the Lisbon treaty and the 2009 European Parliament election.

The Politics of the European Union

Author: Herman Lelieveldt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107118744
Release Date: 2015-07-09
Genre: Political Science

Introduces the European Union through the lens of comparative politics. Exercises, case studies and real-world examples facilitate student learning.

The Court of Justice of the European Union and The Politics of Law

Author: Sabine Saurugger
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781137320285
Release Date: 2016-12-16
Genre: Law

Using state-of-the-art analysis, this introductory text provides a comprehensive account of the Court of Justice of the European Union, its judicial function and its influence on EU policy making. Combining legal perspective with political analysis, it offers a unique approach to the empirical study of the Court's role in the EU political system.

The European Union

Author: Ingeborg Toemmel
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137427540
Release Date: 2014-09-22
Genre: Political Science

This new introduction to the European Union is distinguished by its focus on the evolution and functioning of the political system of the EU and how best to understand and theorise its often contradictory and multifaceted nature and the dynamics of European integration.

The Politics of Southern Europe

Author: José María Magone
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0275977870
Release Date: 2003-01-01
Genre: Political Science

This volume offers a comparative overview of modern politics in Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece, focusing in particular on the process of integration of these countries into the European Union and on the impact of European public policy. The author analyzes the development of Southern European political systems, from the establishment of democratic governments to the most recent political events, looking at each individual system and finding patterns, similarities of development, as well as differences between them.

The Multi level and Polycentric European Union

Author: Robert Grzeszczak
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 9783643901811
Release Date: 2012-01
Genre: Political Science

This volume offers a broad conceptual spectrum on the political and legal system of the European Union. The heuristic of multi-level governance relates to the multiple actors, the interconnectedness between levels of decision-making, and the interpenetration of institutions and actors. Additionally, legal sciences stress numerous legal centers, which, on the one hand, espouse independent legal orders, while communicating with each other through legislative acts, executive decisions, and court decrees on the other. The fusion of the legal and political aspects of the EU provides an opportunity to view the sui generis system of the EU in a broader perspective, which promises to overcome reductionist approaches, both in legal and political sciences. (Series: Region - Nation - Europe / Region - Nation - Europa -- Vol. 69)

Political Parties and the European Union

Author: John Gaffney
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134876167
Release Date: 2002-09-11
Genre: Political Science

Political Parties and the European Union offers a panoramic survey of the political parties of contemporary Europe. It covers party politics from Scandinavia to Greece, focusing on how parties in the individual member states have responded to the processes of European integration. Despite a trend towards political convergence, national traditions continue to shape politics across Europe. In order to reflect, and do justice to, the diversity of political cultures, the book combines case studies, comparative approaches and supranational perspectives. It examines the history of the main national parties, offers new comparative perspectives on communist, green and extreme right parties, and analyses party politics at the European level.

Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union

Author: Hermann Schmitt
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780198296614
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Political Science

How severe a problem is what many call the 'democratic deficit' of the European Union? Despite a voluminous theoretical literature dealing with this question, there is hardly any systematic empirical investigation of the effectiveness of the system of political representation in the EU and of the legitimacy beliefs of EU citizens that spring from it. This volume elaborates a conceptual framework for the empirical analysis of the alleged democratic deficit. Four dimensions of legitimacy beliefs are identified and analysed: the European political community, the scope of EU government, the institutions and processes of EU government, and EU policies. Based upon large-scale representative surveys among the mass publics, and different strata of the political elite of the EU and its member-states, the book examines the conditions of political representation in the EU. The results demonstrate, by and large, that legitimacy beliefs of EU citizens are the more positive, the less specific the object of identification and evaluations is; and that the process of political representation works pretty well as long as issues other than European Union issues are concerned. These findings are finally discussed in view of familiar strategies for institutional reform of the European Union.

Governing the European Union

Author: Simon Bromley
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISBN: STANFORD:36105073315397
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Law

Governing the European Union is a completely new introductory text that is ideal for first-time students of the politics and government of the European Union (EU). Each topic is introduced thematically to provide an invaluable and accessible guide to the main issues and debates in the contemporary study of EU politics and governance. This book will enable students to: distinguish between `government' and `governance' in considering what kind of political system characterizes the EU trace the evolution of the EU through its political and legal institutions to its contemporary processes and structures compare and contrast the changing roles of nation states and governance at the EU level examine major policy areas and evaluate new forms of politics and political culture in Europe consider the role of the European legal system, the EU budget and questions of democracy, enlargement and foreign and security policy apply the main theoretical debates surrounding the evolving form and nature of governance in the EU Governing the European Union will be an essential text for all students of the EU and European integration across politics and international studies and European studies.

The SAGE Handbook of European Union Politics

Author: Knud Erik Jørgensen
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781446206492
Release Date: 2007-01-03
Genre: Political Science

'This volume is one to which anyone trying to make sense of the EU of the early 21st century will return again and again. A terrific line-up that combines diverse talents from North America and Europe. Few books of this kind could live up to the billing 'definitive benchmark', but this one certainly does' - John Peterson, University of Edinburgh 'A most useful book that can be highly recommended. A strong analytical framework coupled with unparalleled coverage of the major issues of the political science research of the EU makes this volume a formidable tool for teaching and a significant input to new scholarly research. It is both relatively sophisticated and very accessible to graduate students and advanced researchers. The clear writing style and the richness of information presented will certainly make this book interesting for non-academic readers' - Igor Vidacak, Institute for International Relations, Zagreb - Journal of Common Market Studies 'An admirably comprehensive source book for those interested in how the tools of political science inspire EU area studies. The editors enlist leading researchers to synthesize the state of the art in their field of expertise. The Handbook of European Union Politics will be an indispensable intellectual resource for researchers, teachers, and graduate students of the European Union' - Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA 'Presents an excellent overview of political science research on the EU. It finds the right balance between establishing the state of the art and pointing the reader to theoretical diversity. Highly recommended for advanced students and scholars looking for quick and solid orientation in a fragmented field - and for new ideas for research' - Frank Schimmelfennig, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 'This is a milestone in the study of EU politics. The authors include the most knowledgeable practitioners in the field, and collectively they provide a comprehensive and highly competent overview of the state of theory and research on EU institutions, politics and policies' - Fritz Scharpf, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany The European Union (EU) poses quite profound questions for scholars and students of the social and political sciences. This benchmark handbook is designed to: - provide an authoritative state-of-the art guide to the scope of the field suitable for both established scholars and students of the EU - reflect and contribute to the debates about the nature of the field of EU studies and EU politics in particular - explore in detail the development of the many approaches to the study of EU politics. Divided into four sections, the Handbook focuses on theorizing European integration; the EU as polity; politics and policy making in the EU; and the EU and the international system. Its appeal will reside not only in its comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the field, but also in the quality of its contributors, and the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches included. The resulting volume is a 'must have' for all scholars and advanced students of the EU and European integration.

Analyzing the European Union Policy Process

Author: Esther Versluis
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137100016
Release Date: 2010-10-15
Genre: Political Science

Readers are provided with a practical insight into how to analyze policies and policy-making in the EU. Using case studies to deepen readers' understanding, this book examines the various stages of the policy process - from the moment the issue reaches the agenda through to drafting, implementation and evaluation.

The Government and Politics of the European Union

Author: Neill Nugent
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137454102
Release Date: 2017-04-15
Genre: Political Science

A systematically updated and revised new edition of the leading text on the European Union. Combining authoritative coverage with student-friendly design and features, the eighth edition is brought fully up to date with recent developments in the EU, including the ongoing fallout from the eurozone crisis.

Understanding the European Union

Author: John McCormick
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137362346
Release Date: 2014-03-31
Genre: Political Science

This best-selling textbook provides a broad-ranging but concise introduction to the EU, covering all major aspects of European integration. The revised and updated new edition takes full account of the political and economic impact of the Eurozone crisis.

Ireland and the European Union

Author: Brigid Laffan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137048356
Release Date: 2008-10-06
Genre: Political Science

Recent times have witnessed a dramatic turn around in Ireland's fortunes. From being a poor and peripheral state, it has emerged as a prosperous, dynamic and self-assured player among the nations of Europe. For many, the Irish experience provides a model of the potential rewards of European integration. But, just how far are changes in Irish society the result of EU membership? What difference has the EU made to Ireland and, for that matter, Ireland to the EU? This major new study of Irish-European relations provides a rich account of Ireland's membership of the EU and the impact of the EU on the institutions, policy and economy of Ireland It will be read with benefit by all who want to further understand what Europe means for Ireland and those wanting to learn from Ireland's experience in a comparative context.

Monetary Integration in the European Union

Author: Michele Chang
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137018830
Release Date: 2009-03-31
Genre: Political Science

The euro has been a remarkable success. By its tenth anniversary in 2009 it had become one of the world's major currencies, rivalled only by the US dollar in usage and global influence. It is used by 320 million people in 16 countries, and these figures look set to rise as, with the exception of Britain and Denmark, all EU member states are obliged to adopt the currency. This major new text provides a theoretically-informed account of Economic and Monetary Union in the EU. It examines the history of European monetary integration, from its origins in the Bretton Woods Agreements through to the adoption of the euro by the accession states of Central and Eastern Europe. It provides a clear explanation of the key policies and institutions of economic integration and examines the role played by the euro in international markets. While it is informed throughout by the latest research in economics and political science, the book's technical discussion has been kept to a minimum to help make it an extremely readable introduction to European monetary integration.