The European Union

A Beginner's Guide

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About The Book

The world's greatest importer and exporter, the European Union is an economic heavyweight with a GDP even larger than the US. But how much do we really know about the nature and aims of the EU, the benefits and costs membership brings, and its impact on peoples' everyday lives? And, in an increasingly multipolar world, can it ever emerge as a global superpower, or do widespread concerns about national sovereignty and serious questions about the Euro's stability mean that it is destined for an uncertain future? Featuring the most up-to-date assessment of the EU, its inner workings, external relations, and likely future development, this is the perfect introduction for anyone seeking to better understand European integration and what it means for Europeans as well as the rest of the world.

About The Author

Alasdair Blair is Jean Monnet Chair, Professor of International Relations at De Montfort University, UK. He is the author of The European Union since 1945.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (June 1, 2012)
  • Length: 216 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781780740911

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"A well focussed introduction to both the history and institutional set-up of the EU... A near perfect equilibrium between fundamental perspectives and relevant factual detail."

– Jorg Monar - Professor of Contemporary European Studies and former Co-Director of the Sussex Europea

“Excellent and very informed.”

– Finn Laursen - Professor and Canada Research Chair in European Union Studies, Dalhousie University,

“Indispensable for anyone wanting to know more about ‘Europe’. A complex subject treated with a light touch.”

– Hussain Kassim - Professor and Politics and Head of School, University of East Anglia

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