The Politics of the European Union (Cambridge Textbooks in Comparative Politics)

The Politics of the European Union (Cambridge Textbooks in Comparative Politics)

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Herman Lelieveldt
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 2, 7/9/2015
EAN 9781107544901, ISBN10: 1107544904

Paperback, 342 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

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.

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.