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The European Union

How Does it Work?

Third Edition

Edited by Elizabeth Bomberg, John Peterson, and Richard Corbett

Publication Date - February 2012

ISBN: 9780199570805

310 pages
9.7 x 6.7 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $49.95

Ideal for students who are new to the subject, this concise introduction explains how the EU really works and why it matters


Now in its third edition, The European Union: How Does it Work? demystifies the European Union's structures and operation, providing a concise, engaging, and accessible introduction ideal for students with no background in the subject. Bringing together an exceptional collection of work--by practitioners who have worked or currently work in the EU's institutions and by leading scholars and academics--this volume cuts through the complexity to explain how the EU really works and why it matters. Innovative pedagogical tools--including "How it Really Works" and "Compared to What" boxes--help guide students through the material. A Companion Website offers multiple-choice questions, a timeline of key events, relevant links, and an interactive map for students. It also provides seminar questions and activities and PowerPoint-based presentations for instructors.

New to this Edition

  • Revised and updated throughout in light of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and the effects of the financial crisis on the Eurozone
  • New coeditor Richard Corbett, former Member of the European Parliament, has ensured that the anthology continues to include a practitioner's perspective
  • Three new chapters: 6. How Policies are Made, 7. Democracy, and 9. The EU as a Security Actor

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2002
January 2008

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Background
    1. Introduction, Elizabeth Bomberg, John Peterson, and Richard Corbett
    2. How Did We Get Here?, Desmond Dinan
    Part 2: Major Actors
    3. The EU's Institutions, John Peterson, Elizabeth Bomberg, and Richard Corbett
    4. Member States, Brigid Laffan
    Part 3: Policies and Policy-Making
    5. Key Policies, Alberta Sbragia and Francesco Stolfi
    6. How Policies Are Made, Rory Watson and Richard Corbett
    7. Democracy, Richard Corbett
    Part 4: The EU and the Wider World
    8. EU Expansion and Wider Europe, Graham Avery
    9. The EU as a Security Actor, Sandra Lavenex and John Peterson
    10. The EU as a Global Actor, John Peterson
    11. Conclusion, John Peterson, Elizabeth Bomberg, and Richard Corbett

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