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The Student's Guide to European Integration: For Students, By Students

ISBN: 978-0-7456-2980-3
344 pages
January 2004, Polity
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The Student’s Guide to European Integration is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the political, economic and legal aspects of the European Union. Fully up to date and jargon-free, the volume provides students with a clear overview of the history and institutional structure of the EU. In addition to chapters on all major policy areas, the book offers a straightforward analysis of political and economic theories of EU integration and the basics of EU law. The book explores many of the issues and events which have shaped the development of the European Union since its conception, such as the creation of the Single Market, EU enlargement and the Convention on the Future of Europe.


The book has been specifically designed with the needs of the student in mind. Key features include:



  • End-of-chapter summaries which identify the main issues discussed in the text
  • Guides to further reading and lists of relevant web sites for each subject area.
  • Boxes, tables and highlights from key treaty documents to complement the text and provide useful points of reference for students
  • Chronology outlining major events in the development of the European Union from the launch of the US Marshall Plan in 1947 to the present day
  • Student-to-student tips at the end of each chapter advising students how to best approach the topic in question

Written by recent graduate students at the London School of Economics, The Student’s Guide to European Integration is the ideal companion for all students studying the European Union as part of a degree course.

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Acknowledgements.

Abbreviations.

Basic statistics.

Introduction – or How to use this book.

Supportive materials.

BASIC BACKGROUND.

Chapter 1. A History of European Integration.

Chapter 2. Theories of European Integration.

II. THE UNION AS A POLITY.

Chapter 3. Institutional Actors.

Chapter 4. Institutional Processes.

Chapter 5. Interest Groups.

Chapter 6. The EU Budget.

III. LAW.

Chapter 7. Constitutionalism.

Chapter 8. Fundamental Rights.

Chapter 9. Judicial Processes.

Chapter 10. Law and European Integration.

IV. ECONOMIC AND MONETARY INTEGRATION.

Chapter 11. Economic Theories of Regional Integration.

Chapter 12. The Single Market: achieving free movement of goods, services, capital and people.

Chapter 13. Economic and Monetary Union.

V. COMMON POLICIES.

Chapter 14. Common Agricultural Policy.

Chapter 15. Regional Policy.

Chapter 16. Environmental and Social Policies.

Chapter 17. Competition Policy.

Chapter 18. Common Foreign and Security Policy.

Chapter 19. Justice and Home Affairs.

Chapter 20. External Policies.

VI. CURRENT INTEGRATION & FUTURE IMPLICATIONS.

Chapter 21. EU Enlargement.

Chapter 22. Flexible Integration.

VI. CONCLUSION.

A European Union for the EU Citizen.

Selected Treaty Highlights.

Historical Overview.

Index

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Jorge Juan Fernandez Garcia, Jess E. Clayton and Christopher Hobley are all former graduate students at the London School of Economics, London.
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  • unique guide to the European Union written by students, for students;

  • comprehensive and accessible introduction to the political, economic and legal aspects of the EU;

  • includes end-of-chapter summaries and guides to further reading or useful web sites;

  • provides a chronology outlining major events in the development of the European Union from the launch of the US Marshall Plan in 1947 to the present day;

  • student-to-student tips advise how to best approach each topic.
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'The Student's Guide to European Integration provides an easy-to-read, well thought-out introduction to the workings of the European Union. Its accessibility and comprehensive coverage make it an essential guide for anyone studying the EU.' -- Jennifer D. Linker, John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, MA candidate in International Relations, European Studies
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