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The European Union: A Very Short Introduction

Fourth Edition

Simon Usherwood and John Pinder

January 2018

ISBN: 9780198808855

208 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Fully updated to include the migrant crisis, the UK's decision to leave the Union, and the state of the Euro currency, this accessible Very Short Introduction shows how and why the EU has developed, how its institutions works, and what it does - from the single market to the Euro, and from agriculture to peace-keeping and the environment.

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Fully updated to include the migrant crisis, the UK's decision to leave the Union, and the state of the Euro currency, this accessible Very Short Introduction shows how and why the EU has developed, how its institutions works, and what it does - from the single market to the Euro, and from agriculture to peace-keeping and the environment.

  • Thoroughly revised and updated to include coverage of the huge changes that have taken place in the EU since 2013, including a discussion of the migrant crisis and the UK's decision to leave the Union
  • Covers the history of the Union since 1946, looking at the various institutions and what they do
  • Examines the place 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
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over eight million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Simon Usherwood, Reader in Politics, University of Surrey, and John Pinder, Formerly Honorary Professor at the College of Europe, and Chairman of the Federal Trust, London, United Kingdom

Simon Usherwood is Reader in Politics at the University of Surrey, where he specialises in the study of euroscepticism, and in UK-EU relations. As well as publishing widely in these areas, he has also been a frequent contributor to public debate, through the media, social media and numerous public speaking events. Since 2016, he has been a Senior Fellow of the 'UK in a Changing Europe' programme.

John Pinder was Honorary Professor at the College of Europe, and Chairman of the Federal Trust, London. He was the author of The Building of the European Union (Third edition, OUP, 1998).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Abbreviations
    List of boxes
    List of charts
    List of illustrations
    List of maps
    1:What the EU is for
    2:How the EU was made
    3:How the EU is governed
    4:Single market, single currency
    5:Agriculture, regions, budget: conflicts over who gets what
    6:Social policy, environmental policy
    7:'An area of freedom, security and justice'
    8:A great civilian power...and more, or less?
    9:The EU and the rest of Europe
    10:The EU in the world
    11:Much accomplished...but what next?
    References
    Further reading
    Glossary
    Index

Reviews

"This slim little volume is quite simply the best place to start for anyone who aspires to understand the European Union." - Professor Anand Menon, Kings College and Director, UK in a Changing Europe

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