The political dynamics of the European Union can often appear confusing, shrouded as they are in complex legislative processes. This book offers a clear and thorough critical introduction to the origins, development and current direction of the EU, and pinpoints the major policy debates animating decision-makers.
This revised and updated edition offers a well-illustrated analysis of each of the EU's major policy areas, and covers arguments both for and against the EU. McGiffen explores subjects including enlargement, internal and external security, the Euro, trade, the environment, employment, transport and regional policy. He explains how and why the debate about membership is frequently and falsely presented as if it were a conflict between 'nationalism' and 'internationalism', and argues instead that the EU is merely one of a number of possible solutions to the the economic and political problems facing Europe.
Published in association with Spectre.
Steven P. McGiffen is a writer and translator based at the American Graduate School in Paris. He has previously worked for the United Left Group in the European Parliament, as an advisor to the Socialist Party of the Netherlands and as editor of Spectre, a radical left on-line magazine. He is the author of Poisoned Spring (Pluto, 2009) and The European Union (Pluto, 2005).
Preface Abbreviations and Acronyms 1 Introduction to the 2nd Edition 2 The Treaties 3 The Institutions 4 How the European Union makes law 5 Enlargement 6 The Common Foreign and Security Policy 7 Citizenship, Justice and Home Affairs 8 Monetary Policy 9 The Internal Market 10 External Economic Relations 11 Employment and Social Policy 12 The Environment and Public Health 13 The Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy 14 Transport 15 Regional Policy 16 Industrial Policy and Energy 17 The proposed European Constitution and beyond: What future for the European Union? 18 Conclusion Notes Recommended Reading Index