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Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction, Fourth Edition (European Union (Paperback Adult))

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An immediate success on first publication, Understanding the European Union provides a broad-ranging but concise introduction to the EU, covering all major aspects of European integration. This revised and updated new edition includes fuller coverage of policy and policy making and of theoretical approaches to the study of the EU.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published May 1st 1999)
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Useful for giving a background into the history and development of the EU as well as what its strengths and limitations are. Unfortunately, the book is outdated at this point being published in 2005. I don't think I have to tell anybody that a lot has happened in the world since then, and people reading this in 2013 under the continuing saga of the global economic crisis will have trouble justifying the author's enthusiasm for the EU. His assertion that Greece, Spain and Portugal have been succe ...more
I expected to be bored out of my mind, but it was actually pretty good! Political theory, and interesting history.

Now to write a report on it. (Uuuuuuugh.)
Some parts were a bit confusing simply because there were so many details and I was starting to mix them up, but quite a good compilation of information that really brings in the history/background of the EU.
i understood little of how the EU worked before - and this interesting book gave me a better sense of who the power players are and how decisions are made. a valuable starting point.
Sep 18, 2007 Diane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poli Sci geeks
Concise review of the evolution of the EU. Must read for anyboday who wants to or has to know about this organization...
Arya Nasoetion
Aug 31, 2007 Arya Nasoetion rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: European politics scholars
Shelves: non-fiction
It gives you a practical understanding about the EU. Less theory, if I remember correctly.
Had to read this for school. Interesting read on the history of the EU.
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