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European Union Politics

Sixth Edition

Michelle Cini and Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán

Publication Date - March 2019

ISBN: 9780198806530

568 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $89.99

The most complete and issues-led introduction to the European Union


European Union Politics, Sixth Edition, is the most complete and issues-led introductory textbook on the European Union. Written by an expert team of contributors, it fully equips students to understand the European Union and the topical debates which surround it.

Alongside its comprehensive coverage of the theory, institutions, and policies of the EU, as well as its historical context, the book engages with numerous contemporary issues, debates, and crises--from Brexit and Euroscepticism to the economic and migration crises. The text's clear and accessible writing style and wide-ranging nature make it the ideal starting point for all those wishing to fully understand the workings of this complex and ever-evolving system.

Throughout the text, students are supported by helpful learning features, including key points, questions, and examples. Students are further supported by online resources that help them to take their learning further.

For students:
- Test your knowledge of the chapter material and receive instant feedback with online multiple choice questions.
- Revise key terms and concepts with a digital flashcard glossary.
- Prepare effectively for assessments with help from the online revision guide.
- Learn about key actors in the EU with short biographies of important figures in its history.
- Expand your knowledge of the EU's member states with an interactive map of Europe.
- Conduct further research with relevant web links to reliable online content.

For registered lecturers:
- Reinforce key themes from each chapter with suggested seminar and essay questions.
- Use the adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for lecture presentations or as hand-outs in class.

New to this Edition

  • A new chapter on Brexit discusses the background to and impact of this dramatic development in the European Union
  • A re-written chapter on policy-making brings in a new author perspective and helps to clearly explain the practical workings of the EU
  • Detailed coverage of the migration crisis, eurozone crisis, and their aftermath brings the book up-to-date with recent events
  • The final chapter on the future of the EU has been updated to account for current developments, including Brexit and the election of French President Emanuel Macron


  • Broad coverage of the history, theories, institutions, policies, and current debates of the EU
  • Cases and examples throughout the text demonstrate the relevance of EU theories, institutions, and policies
  • A clear writing style and helpful learning features make European Union Politics a student-friendly introduction
  • Contributions from leading scholars in EU politics offer students an authoritative guide to highly debated topics
  • The book's focus on issues and debates helps students to develop a critical approach to their studies of the EU.

About the Author(s)

Michelle Cini is Professor of European Politics and Head of the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol.

Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán is Senior Lecturer in European Politics at the University of Bristol.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction, Michelle Cini and Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan
    Part 1: The Historical Context
    2. The European Union: Establishment and Development, David Phinnemore
    3. From the Constitutional Treaty to the Treaty of Lisbon and Beyond, Clive Church and David Phinnemore
    Part 2: Theories and Conceptual Approaches
    4. Neo-functionalism, Carsten Stroby Jensen
    5. Intergovernmentalism, Michelle Cini
    6. Theorizing the European Union after Integration Theory, Ben Rosamond
    7. Governance in the European Union, Thomas Christiansen
    8. Europeanization, Tanja A. Borzel and Diana Panke
    9. Democracy and Legitimacy in the EU, Stijn Smismans
    Part 3: Institutions and Actors
    10. The European Commission, Morten Egeberg
    11. The European Council and the Council of the European Union, Jeffrey Lewis
    12. The European Parliament, Charlotte Burns
    13. The Court of Justice of the European Union, Ilias Kapsis
    14. Interest Groups and the European Union, Rainer Eising
    15. Citizens and Public Opinion in the EU, Simona Guerra and Hans-Joerg Trenz
    Part 4: Policies and Policy-Making
    16. Policy-making in the European Union, Edward Best
    17. Trade and Development, Michael Smith
    18. Enlargement, Ana E. Juncos and Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan
    19. The European Union's Foreign, Security, and Defence Policies, Ana E. Juncos and Anna Maria Friis Kristensen
    20. The Single Market, Michelle Egan
    21. The European Union's Social Dimension, Gerda Falkner
    22. The Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice, Emek M. Ucarer
    23. Economic and Monetary Union, Amy Verdun
    24. The Common Agricultural Policy, Eve Fouilleux and Matthieu Ansaloni
    25. Environmental Policy, David Benson, Viviane Gravey and Andrew Jordan
    Part 5: Issues and Debates
    26. The Euro Crisis and European Integration, Dermot Hodson and Uwe Puetter
    27. Brexit, Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan and Michelle Cini
    28. The Future of the EU, Brigid Laffan

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