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The Routledge guide to the European Union, Dick Leonard and Robert Taylor - hbk

Written by experts, this long-established and definitive guide to the workings of the European Union provides comprehensive, straightforward and readable coverage of this sometimes misunderstood and complex institution. It explains not only what happens but also why, and analyses the EU's strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities for it to be more effective. With the EU's very existence under pressure due to fiscal crises and the eurozone, migration and borders, and Euroscepticism, it specifically outlines: How it works: the institutions, the mechanisms Every area of EU competence from agriculture to workers' rights The effects of the single market and the single currency and the successes and stresses of the eurozone The impact of the enlargement of the EU and the prospects for further enlargement and for closer political integration The EU under strain - the 2008 recession and after 'Britain in or out' Fully updated and revised material with new data, statistics, examples and non-partisan coverage
Table Of Contents
Introduction Part I: The Background 1. The Origins 2. Evolution 1958-2010 3. The EU under strain 2008- 4. The Treaties Part II: The Institutions 5. The Commission 6. The Council of Ministers 7. The European Council 8. The European Parliament 9. The Economic and Social Committee and The Committee of the Regions 10. The European Court of Justice 11. The Court of Auditors 12. The European Investment Bank 13. Other EU bodies 14. The Bureaucracy: facts, figures and costs Part III: The Competences 15. Financing the Union 16. Trade 17. The Single Market 18. Competition Policy 19. Economic and Monetary Policy 20. Taxation 21. Agriculture 22. Fisheries 23. Research and Innovation 24. Regional Policy 25. Workers’ Rights 26. Energy 27. Transport 28. The Environment 29. Climate Change 30. Justice and Home Affairs 31. Consumers 32. Education 33. Women's Rights 34. Culture and The Media 35. Citizens' Rights and Symbolism 36. Development Assistance 37. Foreign, Security and Defence Policy Part IV: Special problems 38. Enlargement 39. The UK: In or Out? 40. The Future Appendices 1. Basic statistics of EU member states 2. Presidents of the High Authority, Commission & European Council 3. The European Commission 2014-19 4. The Directorates-General and Services of the Commission 5. Addresses of main institutions & specialised agencies 6. Political party groups in the European Parliament 7. Overseas links with the EU 8. The treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon 9. Chronology of main events concerning the European Union
Previously known as the Economist guide to the European Union
Physical Description
xix, 346 p. ;, 23 cm

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