Governance and Politics in the Post-Crisis European Union

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Publication Date 2020
ISBN 9781108612609
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The European Union (EU) of today cannot be studied as it once was. This original new textbook provides a much-needed update on how the EU's policies and institutions have changed in light of the multiple crises and transformations since 2010. An international team of leading scholars offer systematic accounts on the EU's institutional regime, policies, and its community of people and states.

Each chapter is structured to explain the relevant historical developments and institutional framework, presenting the key actors, the current controversies and discussing a paradigmatic case study. Each chapter also provides ideas for group discussions and individual research topics. Moving away from the typical, neutral account of the functioning of the EU, this textbook will stimulate readers' critical thinking towards the EU as it is today. It will serve as a core text for undergraduate and graduate students of politics and European studies taking courses on the politics of the EU, and those taking courses in comparative politics and international organizations including the EU.

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  • Introduction: The European Union as a Political Regime, a Set of Policies and a Community after the Great Recession | Ramona Coman, Amandine Crespy & Vivien A. Schmidt
  • Part I - The EU’s Political Regime
    • European Regional Integration from the Twentieth to the Twenty-first Century | Kiran Klaus Patel
    • Institutions and Decision-Making in the EU | Sergio Fabbrini
    • Regulatory Networks and Policy Communities | Jacob Hasselbalch & Eleni Tsingou
    • Rethinking EU Governance: From ‘Old’ to ‘New’ Approaches to Who Steers Integration | Vivien A. Schmidt
  • Part II - Key Policy Areas in Flux
    • Cohesion and the EU Budget: Is Conditionality Undermining Solidarity? | John Bachtler & Carlos Mendez
    • Agriculture and Environment: Greening or Greenwashing? | Gerry Alons
    • The Internal Market: Increasingly Differentiated? | Michelle Egan
    • The Economic and Monetary Union: How Did the Euro Area Get a Lender of Last Resort? | Cornel Ban
    • Social Policy: Is the EU Doing Enough to Tackle Inequalities? | Amandine Crespy
    • Labour Markets and Mobility: How to Reconcile Competitiveness and Social Justice? | László Andor
    • Managing the Refugee Crisis: A Divided and Restrictive Europe? | Sarah Wolff
    • Security in the Schengen Area: Limiting Rights and Freedoms? | Julien Jeandesboz
    • Trade Policy: Which Gains for Which Losses? | Ferdi De Ville
    • Global Tax Governance: Is the EU Promoting Tax Justice? | Rasmus Corlin Christensen & Leonard Seabrooke
    • The CSDP in Transition: Towards ‘Strategic Autonomy’? | Jolyon Howorth
  • Part III - Existential Debates
    • North and South, East and West: Is it Possible to Bridge the Gap? | Kristin Makszin, Gergő Medve-bálint & Dorothee Bohle
    • Democracy and the Rule of Law: How Can the EU Uphold its Common Values? | Ramona Coman
    • Democracy and Disintegration: Does the State of Democracy in the EU Put the Integrity of the Union at Risk? | Joseph Lacey & Kalypso Nicolaïdis
    • Appendices
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