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The Member States of the European Union

Third Edition

Edited by Simon Bulmer and Christian Lequesne

24 April 2020

ISBN: 9780198737391

504 pages

In Stock

New European Union Series

Price: £37.99

A unique overview of Europeanization which combines a thematic and country-by-country approach to understanding the relationship between member states and the EU.



Offering unrivalled thematic and country-by-country analysis, The Member States of the European Union provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the economic, social, and political impact of Europeanization.

  • Unique approach combines in-depth analysis of individual member states with broader examination of the political, social and economic impact of Europeanization
  • Contributor team of renowned international experts, each writing on their specialist subject areas
  • Each chapter contains features to take learning further, including suggestions for further reading and web links to explore areas of research interest
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Newly reinstated chapter on Member States in European Integration explores the role of member states in negotiations and policy-making
  • New chapter on Bulgaria explores the impact of EU membership on public opinion and political institutions, and includes insightful country comparison with the Romanian experience of Europeanization
  • New chapter on Greece also explores key policy challenges including the refugee and Eurozone crises
  • A fully-updated chapter on the United Kingdom illustrates the tensions between Europeanization and member statehood, exploring the implications of the UK's vote to leave the EU

About the Author(s)

Edited by Simon Bulmer, Professor of European Politics, University of Sheffield, and Christian Lequesne, Professor in the Center for International Studies, SciencesPo

Simon Bulmer graduated in European Studies from Loughborough University, and then took a Masters in European Politics at Hull, followed by his PhD at the London School of Economics. He was lecturer in the Department of Economics, Heriot-Watt University (1979-83), in European Studies at UMIST (1983-9) and then joined the Department of Government at the University of Manchester, where he was promoted to a professorship in 1995 and was Head of Department 2001-4. Since 2007 he has been Professor of European Politics at the University of Sheffield, where he was Head of Department 2011-14. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and visiting professor at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome.

Christian Lequesne holds BA and MA degrees from Sciences Po Strasbourg and the College of Europe, Bruges. He then got his Ph.D. in political science and his Habilitation in Sciences Po Paris (Supervisor: Professor Alfred Grosser). He was an Assistant, Department of Political and Administrative Studies of the College of Europe (1986-1988). Research fellow and then Professor at Sciences Po since 1988, he was deputy director of CERI from 2000 to 2003, and director of CERI from 2009 to 2013. Director of the Centre français de recherche en sciences sociales (CEFRES) in Prague from 2004 to 2006, LSE-Sciences Po Alliance Professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics from 2006 to 2008 and member and vice-president of the Board of Directors of Sciences Po from 2007 to 2013. He is a regular Visiting Professor at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome.

Table of Contents

    1:The European Union and its Member States: An Overview, Simon Bulmer and Christian Lequesne
    Part 1: Analysis
    2:Member States in European Integration, Christopher Bickerton
    3:Europeanization: Concept, Theory, and Methods, Theofanis Exadaktylos, Paolo R. Graziano, and Maarten P. Vink
    Part 2: The Member States
    4:'France is back'...in a French Europe, Olivier Rozenberg
    5:Germany: A German Europe or a Europeanized Germany?, Timm Beichelt and Simon Bulmer
    6:Greece: A Critical Test Case of Europeanization, Dimitris Papadimitriou and Sotirios Zartaloudis
    7:Spain: Pragmatic Europeanism or the End of Unconditional Support for European Integration?, Ana Mar Fernández Pasarín and Francesc Morata
    8:Sweden: Shedding Exceptionalism in the Face of Europeanization, Anna Michalski
    9:Poland: Model European or Awkward Partner?, Nathaniel Copsey and Karolina Pomorska
    10:Bulgaria's Slow Europeanization, Petia Gueorguieva
    11:The United Kingdom: Towards a Parting of the Ways, Anand Menon and Luigi Scazzieri
    12:Contrasting States of Europeanization?, Simon Bulmer and Christian Lequesne
    Part 3: Europeanization
    13:Europeanization and Member State Institutions, Hussein Kassim and Vanessa Buth
    14:Europeanization, Euroscepticism, and Politicization in Party Politics, Paul Taggart
    15:The Europeanization of Interest Groups and Social Movements, Sabine Saurugger
    16:The Europeanization of Member State Policy, Claudio M. Radaelli
    17:Europeanization and Sub-National Authorities (SNAs), Peter Bursens
    18:The Europeanization of National Economies?, Vivien A. Schmidt
    19:Conclusion, Simon Bulmer and Christian Lequesne


"The book does a good job of introducing, analysing and describing many of the EUs processes and procedures and how they affect and are affected by its member states. The best part, though, for me was the masterly introductory chapter on EU integration, which was refreshingly clear, detailed and successful in forecasting the possible futures for, as well as describing the present and past of, the EU and its member states. The book ends on an optimistic note, noting that the UKs less than glorious exit from the EU...appears to have demonstrated even to Eurosceptics that leaving is really not a good idea!" - Janet Mather, Manchester Metropolitan University (emerita), IEUSS Review of Books, March 2021

"The new chapter on Greece is excellent. It engages with the key theoretical debates and covers the latest developments of this very important case." - Dr Eli Gateva, University of Nottingham

"The new chapter on Bulgaria is extremely interesting and well-structured, offering a good account of Europeanisation which provides historical analysis and a rich collection of relevant sources." - Dr Muzaffer Kutlay, King's College London

"The European Union is a union of states and their peoples. Understanding the EU requires an in-depth grasp of the core preferences of the member states. This volume is an essential resource for anyone interested in the EU and the critical role of the member states." - Professor Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Italy

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