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Politics of European Integration: Political Union or a House Divided?

Book Description

This is a systematic, up-to-date exploration of the politics of European integration that includes balanced coverage of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Union.

  • Examines European integration as a contested political process that continues to divide and inspire nations, citizens, and politicians

  • Provides students with the analytical tools to consider why the EU functions as it currently does, whether the EU is sufficiently democratic, the politics behind EU legislation, debates over foreign policy, proposals for institutional reform, and the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis

  • Brings together the latest scholarly research from comparative politics, international relations, law, and democratic theory

  • Accompanied by a range of student resources including chapter-level flashcards and independent study questions - available at www.wiley.com/go/glencross

  • Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. About the website
    3. Title page
    4. Copyright page
    5. List of Figures
    6. List of Tables
    7. List of Timelines
    8. List of Boxes
    9. Acknowledgments
    10. Introduction
      1. The Purpose of This Book
      2. Why European Integration Matters
      3. The Basic Structure of the EU
      4. Plan of the Book and Learning Objectives
    11. Part I: The History of European Integration
      1. 1: The Idea of Europe: Foundations and Justifications for Unity
        1. 1.0 Introduction: What and Where Is Europe?
        2. 1.1 The Historical Background to Thinking about European Unity
        3. 1.2 Early Ideas and Pioneers of Unity
        4. 1.3 The Peace or Civilizing Justification for Unity
        5. 1.4 The Prosperity Justification for Unity
        6. 1.5 The Strengthening State Capacity Justification for Unity
        7. 1.6 Concluding Summary
        8. Guide to Further Reading
        9. Web Resources
      2. 2: The Institutional Development of European Integration, 1945–1973
        1. 2.0 Introduction: Uniting for Peace
        2. 2.1 The Struggle to Resolve Post-War Security and Economic Issues, 1945–1951
        3. 2.2 The Creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1951
        4. 2.3 The Functioning of the ECSC and the Attempt at Full Military and Political Union, 1951–1957
        5. 2.4 The Continuing Pursuit of Economic Integration: Creating the EEC, 1957
        6. 2.5 Overcoming the First Tests: The Common Agricultural Policy and the Empty Chair Crisis, 1957–1973
        7. 2.6 Concluding Summary
        8. Guide to Further Reading
        9. Web Resources
      3. 3: The Institutional Development of European Integration, 1973–2010
        1. 3.0 Introduction: The Widening and Deepening of European Integration
        2. 3.1 Living with the First Enlargement Round and Preparing for the Next, 1973–1986
        3. 3.2 Completing the Single Market as a Prelude to Monetary and Political Union, 1986–1992
        4. 3.3 Designing European Unity for the Post-Cold War Era, 1992–2004
        5. 3.4 From Constitutional Failure to the Lisbon Treaty, 2004–2010
        6. 3.5 Concluding Summary
        7. Guide to Further Reading
        8. Web Resources
    12. Part II: Analyzing Integration
      1. 4: The EU's Institutional Dynamics
        1. 4.0 Introduction: The Functioning of the EU
        2. 4.1 An Overview of the Dynamics of EU Policy-Making
        3. 4.2 The Ordinary Legislative Procedure (OLP)
        4. 4.3 The Role of Interest Groups and Experts
        5. 4.4 The Commission's Watchdog Role and the Importance of the CJEU
        6. 4.5 Special Provisions for Foreign Policy
        7. 4.6 Concluding Summary
        8. Guide to Further Reading
        9. Web Resources
      2. 5: EU Policy-Making in Action: Major EU Policies
        1. 5.0 Introduction: The EU's Major Policy Areas
        2. 5.1 The EU Budget
        3. 5.2 The Euro
        4. 5.3 The Single Market
        5. 5.4 Social and Environmental Policy
        6. 5.5 Justice and Citizenship
        7. 5.6 Enlargement
        8. 5.7 Concluding Summary
        9. Guide to Further Reading
        10. Web Resources
      3. 6: The EU in Comparative Perspective
        1. 6.0 Introduction: Why Compare?
        2. 6.1 The EU Compared with Federal States
        3. 6.2 The EU Compared with International Organizations
        4. 6.3 The sui generis Interpretation
        5. 6.4 Concluding Summary
        6. Guide to Further Reading
        7. Web Resources
    13. Part III: Debating the EU System and Its Policy Outputs
      1. 7: EU Internal Policies: The Theory, Practice, and Politics of Regulation
        1. 7.0 Introduction: Regulatory Outputs and EU Politics
        2. 7.1 Regulatory Theory and European Integration
        3. 7.2 EU Regulation in Practice
        4. 7.3 Not Just a Regulatory State: The Politics of EU Regulatory Outputs
        5. 7.4 Theorizing EU Regulation and Explaining Its Effects
        6. 7.5 Concluding Summary
        7. Guide to Further Reading
        8. Web Resources
      2. 8: The Institutionalization of EU Foreign Policy and Debates over the EU's International Role
        1. 8.0 Introduction: What Is at Stake in Understanding EU Foreign Relations?
        2. 8.1 The Institutions and Institutionalization of EU Foreign Policy
        3. 8.2 The Debate over EU Foreign Policy Effectiveness
        4. 8.3 The Ideological Debate over the Aims of EU Foreign Policy
        5. 8.4 The Explanatory Debate over EU Foreign Policy
        6. 8.5 Concluding Summary
        7. Guide to Further Reading
        8. Web Resources
      3. 9: What Model for Uniting Europe?
        1. 9.0 Introduction: Competing Models of European Integration
        2. 9.1 Federalism
        3. 9.2 Confederalism
        4. 9.3 The Networked Governance Model
        5. 9.4 The Differentiated Integration Model
        6. 9.5 Concluding Summary
        7. Guide to Further Reading
        8. Web Resources
    14. Part IV: Democracy and Integration
      1. 10: Democracy in the European Union
        1. 10.0 Introduction: More Integration, More Democracy?
        2. 10.1 Democratic Accountability in the EU: Beyond Majoritarianism
        3. 10.2 The Democratic Deficit Debate
        4. 10.3 Enhancing Democracy in the EU
        5. 10.4 Concluding Summary
        6. Guide to Further Reading
        7. Web Resources
      2. 11: The Impact of European Integration on National Politics
        1. 11.0 Introduction: Political Adaptation to European Integration
        2. 11.1 European Integration and National Politics: The End of the Permissive Consensus
        3. 11.2 Euroskepticism and Its Varieties
        4. 11.3 National Referendums on EU Issues
        5. 11.4 Concluding Summary
        6. Guide to Further Reading
        7. Web Resources
      3. 12: Integration and Democracy in the Shadow of the Eurozone Debt Crisis
        1. 12.0 Introduction: The Eurozone Crisis as a Challenge to Democracy and Integration
        2. 12.1 The Causes of the Eurozone Crisis
        3. 12.2 The Travails of Formulating an EU Response
        4. 12.3 Criticism and Controversies Surrounding the EU Response
        5. 12.4 Conclusion: What the Crisis Means for the Future of Integration
        6. Guide to Further Reading
        7. Web Resources
    15. Index