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Published: 25 July 2013

208 Pages | 17 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780199681693

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The European Union: A Very Short Introduction

Third Edition

John Pinder and Simon Usherwood

Very Short Introductions

  • Thoroughly revised and updated to include coverage of the huge changes that have taken place in the EU since 2007
  • Incorporates detail about the Lisbon treaty and the changes that have been implemented as a result
  • Covers the history of the Union since 1946, looking at the various institutions and what they do
  • Examines the role of the Union on the world stage, in its role as a peace-keeper and in the rise of environmental politics
  • Considers the future of the Union and the challenges and choices that may lie ahead in the 21st century

New to this Edition:

  • Includes updates about the recent Lisbon treaty, which introduced a wide range of institutional and policy innovations
  • Looks at the EU fiscal crisis that has centred on the Euro
  • Considers the impact of the fiscal crisis on the governance of the single currency and the effect on the policy of integration
  • Includes an updated further reading section