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The European Union

How Does It Work?

Fifth Edition

Edited by Daniel Kenealy, John Peterson, and Richard Corbett

Publication Date - October 2018

ISBN: 9780198807490

344 pages
9.7 x 6.7 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $79.99

The most accessible introduction to the EU


An expert team of scholars and practitioners provide a uniqe, enagaging, and current perspective on how the EU works in both theory and practice.

The fifth edition of this successful textbook reflects the ongoing changes in the EU in light of the UK's departure from the union and the aftermath of the migration and Eurozone crises.

A wealth of features throughout the text aid in student understanding. "How it really works" boxes demonstrate the workings of the EU in practice and challenge students to contrast with theoretical perspectives they encounter. Meanwhile, "Compared to what?" features examine aspects of the EU and its workings in relation to other entities, encouraging students to think laterally and critically about the reality of politics in the European Union.

The text is supported by online resources designed to make teaching and learning more effective for both students and instructors. These include:

For students:
- Multiple-choice questions
- A digital flashcard database

For registered adopters of the textbook:
- Suggested seminar questions and activities
- PowerPoint slides as a basis for lecture presentations and handouts

New to this Edition

  • A dedicated chapter on Brexit makes this the only introductory textbook to date to fully engage with this unprecedented development in the EU
  • Increased coverage of democracy and legitimacy


  • A perfect introduction to the EU for those with little or no prior knowledge of the subject: concise and readable, with coverage of the key actors, policies, and developments in the EU
  • Updated throughout to reflect recent developments in the European Union
  • An expert line-up combines leading scholars and practitioners with first-hand experience of the EU's institutions
  • Helpful learning features include innovative tools designed to expand and reinforce students' knowledge and understanding, and encourage critical and lateral thinking
  • This text is accompanied by additional online resources designed to take students' learning further.

About the Author(s)

Daniel Kenealy is Lecturer and Director of Teaching Quality at the University of Edinburgh.

John Peterson is Professor of International Politics at the University of Edinburgh.

Richard Corbett is currently the Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber region, and formerly an advisor on institutional issues to the President of the European Council.

Table of Contents

    Part One: Background
    1. Introduction, Daniel Kenealy, John Peterson & Richard Corbett
    2. How did we get here?, Desmond Dinan
    Part Two: Major Actors
    3. The EU's Institutions, Richard Corbett, John Peterson & Daniel Kenealy
    4. Member States, Brigid Laffan
    Part Three: Policies and Policy-Making
    5. Key Policies, John Peterson, Daniel Kenealy, Alberta Sbragia & Francesco Stolfi
    6. How Policies are Made, Daniel Kenealy & Fiona Hayes-Renshaw
    7. Democracy, Richard Corbett
    Part Four: The EU and the Wider World
    8. EU Expansion and Wider Europe, Ulrich Sedelmeier & Graham Avery
    9. The EU as a Global Actor, John Peterson & Niklas Helwig
    10. Brexit, Daniel Kenealy, John Peterson & Richard Corbett
    11. Conclusion, Daniel Kenealy, John Peterson & Richard Corbett

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