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European Union Politics

Seventh Edition

Edited by Michelle Cini and Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán

Publication Date - June 2022

ISBN: 9780198862239

592 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $81.99


European Union Politics 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 that surround it.

Alongside rigorous coverage of the theory, institutions, and policies of the EU, the book engages with contemporary debates, and current crises. The seventh edition has been substantially updated, with significantly revised chapters on Brexit and the CJEU, as well as two new chapters covering the EU response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the European migration and refugee crisis.

The text's accessible writing style makes it the ideal starting point for anyone wishing to fully understand the workings of this complex and ever-evolving system. Throughout the book, students are supported by helpful learning features, including key points, questions, and examples.

Digital formats and resources

The seventh edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access, along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

In addition to supportive learning features within the book, the text is accompanied by online resources designed to help students to take their learning further.

For students:
- Test your knowledge of the chapter material and receive instant feedback with multiple choice questions
- Revise key terms and concepts with a flashcard glossary
- Prepare for assessments with help from the revision guide
- Expand your knowledge of the EU's member states with an interactive timeline of the EU
- Conduct further research with relevant web links to additional reliable content

For registered adopters of the text:
- 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 28 explores the EU response to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the EU's efforts to fight and mitigate the pandemic using the public health, internal market, and fiscal governance dimensions of its powers
  • The European migration and refugee crisis is covered in a new Chapter 26, which examines why and how migration and asylum became political issues at the forefront of political debate
  • A revised Chapter 13 on the CJEU explores the history of the court as an institution of the EU, how it has developed its role, and how students can understand the 'politics' of the judicial arm of the EU's institutional framework
  • The book has been thoroughly updated throughout to reflect the diverse political issues and developments currently facing the EU, including the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the COVID-19 recovery, and climate change


  • Its broad coverage of the history, theories, institutions, policies, and current debates of the EU makes this text suitable for students taking a wide range of modules
  • Cases and examples throughout demonstrate the relevance of EU theories, institutions, and policies, and help students to understand the workings of the EU in practice
  • A clear writing style and helpful learning features make this student-friendly introduction perfect for those coming to the subject for the first time
  • Contributions from leading scholars in EU politics offer the reader an authoritative guide to highly debated topics, including Brexit, the migration and refugee crisis, and the EU response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The book's focus on issues and debates helps students to develop a critical approach to their study of the EU
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Michelle Cini, Professor of European Politics, University of Bristol,Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán, Senior Lecturer in European Politics, University of Bristol

Michelle Cini is a Professor of European Politics at the University of Bristol

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

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction, Michelle Cini and Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán
    Part 1: The Historical Context
    2. The European Union: Establishment and Development, David Phinnemore
    3. Carrying the EU Forward: the Era of Lisbon, Clive Church and David Phinnemore
    Part 2: Theories and Conceptual Approaches
    4. Neo-functionalism, Carsten Strøby 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. Börzel and Diana Panke
    9. Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union, 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, Paul James Cardwell
    14. Interest Groups and the European Union, Rainer Eising and Julia Sollik
    15. Citizens and Public Opinion in the European Union, 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 Policies, Michael Smith
    18. Enlargement, Ana E. Juncos and Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán
    19. The European Union's Foreign, Security, and Defence Policies, Ana E. Juncos and Anna Maria Friis
    20. The Single Market, Michelle Egan
    21. The Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice, Emek M. Uçarer
    22. Economic and Monetary Union, Amy Verdun
    23. The Common Agricultural Policy, Ève Fouilleux and Viviane Gravey
    24. Environmental Policy, Viviane Gravey, Andrew Jordan, and David Benson
    Part 5: Issues and Debates
    25. The Euro Crisis and European Integration, Dermot Hodson and Uwe Puetter
    26. The European Migration and Refugee Crisis, Andrew Geddes
    27. Brexit, Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán and Michelle Cini
    28. COVID-19 and the European Union, Eleanor Brooks, Sarah Rozenblum, Scott L. Greer, Anniek de Ruijter
    29. The Future of the EU, Brigid Laffan

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