Portugal in the European Union. Assessing twenty-five years of integration experience

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Series Details No.102
Publication Date 2014
ISBN 978-0-415-58053-3
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Part I: Twenty-Five Years' Experience: the Evolution of Portuguese Politics, Economics and Society
1. Portuguese Exceptionalism and the Return to Europe: The 25 April 1974 Coup and Democratization (1974-2010) - Paul Christopher Manuel
2. Portugal and European Integration (1974-2010) - Nuno Severiano Teixeira
3. The Portuguese Economy: The Impact of European Monetary Union Membership - David Corkill
4. Portuguese Elites and European Integration - Diogo Moreira, António Costa Pinto and Pedro Tavares de Almeida 5. The Transformation of Portuguese Society: The Role of Europeanization - Michael Baum and Miguel Glatzer

Part II: The Adjustment in Policy Areas
6. Portugal and the Common Agricultural Policy - Miguel Rocha de Sousa
7. Portuguese Trade Diplomacy: Projecting National Interests into EU Trade Policy - Maria Helena Guimarães
8. EU Structural Funds in Portugal: A Mixed Picture - Alfredo Marques
9. Portugal and the Lisbon Strategy - Arminda Neves, Carlos Zorrinho and Manuel Laranja

Part III: Redesigning Portuguese Foreign Policy
10. Portugal and the Development of a European Foreign and Security Identity: Shifting to Committed Europeanism - Laura C. Ferreira-Pereira
11. From Failure to Success: Portuguese Foreign Diplomacy Towards East Timor - Rui Alexandre Novais
12. Lusophonia and the Continued Centrality of the Portuguese-Speaking Community - Paulo Gorjão
13. Relations between Portugal and Spain: Three Decades after Accession - Sérgio Caramelo
14. Portugal’s Experience in the European Union: Lessons for Newcomers - Sebastián Royo
15. In the Eye of the Storm: Portugal and the European Crisis - André Azevedo Alves
16. Conclusion - Laura C. Ferreira-Pereira and A.J.R Groom
This book examines the involvement of Portugal in the European integration process since the country signed the Accession Treaty in 1985.

The volume elicits how Portugal has grasped opportunities and challenges emanating from its participation in the institutional, regulatory and political frameworks of the European Union (EU), as these have become more intricate as well as intrusive. It scrutinises the adjustments and transformations that have taken place in Portuguese society, politics and economics as well as in the country’s international relations, as engendered by its increasing enmeshment in the Community-building dynamics. It is divided into three main parts:

• Part I focuses on the major changes within the domestic arena, notably on the political, economic and social fronts;

• Part II addresses the adjustments that the Portuguese leadership had to make in order to secure the country's participation in key common policies and strategies;

• Part III is centred on foreign policy and assesses and discusses the impact upon Portugal’s international relations.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of European politics, EU studies, comparative politics and those with a strong interest in Portugal.

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