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The SAGE Handbook of European Union Politics

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January 2007 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This volume is one to which anyone trying to make sense of the EU of the early 21st century will return again and again. A terrific line-up that combines diverse talents from North America and Europe. Few books of this kind could live up to the billing 'definitive benchmark', but this one certainly does' - John Peterson, University of Edinburgh

'A most useful book that can be highly recommended. A strong analytical framework coupled with unparalleled coverage of the major issues of the political science research of the EU makes this volume a formidable tool for teaching and a significant input to new scholarly research. It is both relatively sophisticated and very accessible to graduate students and advanced researchers. The clear writing style and the richness of information presented will certainly make this book interesting for non-academic readers' - Igor Vidacak, Institute for International Relations, Zagreb - Journal of Common Market Studies

'An admirably comprehensive source book for those interested in how the tools of political science inspire EU area studies. The editors enlist leading researchers to synthesize the state of the art in their field of expertise. The Handbook of European Union Politics will be an indispensable intellectual resource for researchers, teachers, and graduate students of the European Union' - Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

'Presents an excellent overview of political science research on the EU. It finds the right balance between establishing the state of the art and pointing the reader to theoretical diversity. Highly recommended for advanced students and scholars looking for quick and solid orientation in a fragmented field - and for new ideas for research' - Frank Schimmelfennig, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

'This is a milestone in the study of EU politics. The authors include the most knowledgeable practitioners in the field, and collectively they provide a comprehensive and highly competent overview of the state of theory and research on EU institutions, politics and policies' - Fritz Scharpf, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany

The European Union (EU) poses quite profound questions for scholars and students of the social and political sciences. This benchmark handbook is designed to:

- provide an authoritative state-of-the art guide to the scope of the field suitable for both established scholars and students of the EU

- reflect and contribute to the debates about the nature of the field of EU studies and EU politics in particular

- explore in detail the development of the many approaches to the study of EU politics.

Divided into four sections, the Handbook focuses on theorizing European integration; the EU as polity; politics and policy making in the EU; and the EU and the international system.

Its appeal will reside not only in its comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the field, but also in the quality of its contributors, and the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches included. The resulting volume is a 'must have' for all scholars and advanced students of the EU and European integration.

 
PART ONE: PROCESS: THEORIZING EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
Ben Rosamond
Overview
An Intellectual History of EU Studies  
Mark A Pollack
Rationalist Approaches to European Integration
Jeffrey Checkel
Constructivist Approaches to European Integration
Ian Manners
Critical Approaches
Alan S Milward, Ramses Wessel, Adrian Favell, Patrick Crowley and David Mayes
Historical, Legal, Economic and Sociological Perspectives on EU Politics
 
PART TWO: THE EU AS POLITY
Simon Hix
Overview
The EU as a Polity (I)  
Markus Jachtenfuchs
Overview
The EU as a Polity (II)  
Gail McElroy
Legislative Politics
Jonas Tallberg
Executive Politics
Lisa Conant
Judicial Politics
Jeremy Richardson
Organized Interests in the European Union
Tapio Raunio
Political Parties in the European Union
Leonard Ray
Political Communication, Political Socialization, and Public Opinion
Dario Castiglione and Justus Schoenlau
Constitutional Politics
Kalypso Nicolaidis and R. Daniel Kelemen
The EU and Comparative Federalism
Andreas Føllesdal
Political Theory
Philosophy and EU Politics  
 
PART THREE: POLITICS AND POLICY-MAKING IN THE EU
Helen Wallace and William Wallace
Overview
The European Union, Politics, and Policy-Making  
Mark Hallerberg
The Study of Fiscal and Monetary Policy
Alasdair Young
The Politics of Regulation and the Internal Market
Ian Bache
The Politics of Redistribution
Andrea Lenschow
Green Politics and Environmental Policy
Elizabeth Prugl
Gender
Andrew Geddes
The Politics of EU Domestic Order
(3rd Pillar business)  
Martin Rhodes and Manuele Citi
New Forms of Governance in the European Union
Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse
The EU and Domestic Politics
From Implementation to Europeanization  
 
PART FOUR: THE EU AND THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM
Knud Erik Jørgensen
Overview
The Union as a Global Actor  
Michael Smith
The Union and International Political Economy
Trade, Aid, and Monetary Policy  
Walter Carlsnaes
European Foreign Policy
Alex Warleigh
The `European and Universal Process'?
The EU, Comparative Regionalism and Global Governance  

Overall, the Handbook of European Union Politics is a most useful book that can be highly recommended. A strong analytical framework coupled with unparalleled coverage of the major issues of the political science research of the EU makes this volume a formidable tool for teaching and a significant input to new scholarly research. It is both relatively sophisticated and very accessible to graduate students and advanced researchers. The clear writing style and the richness of information presented will certainly make this book interesting for non-academic readers.

IGOR VIDACAK

Institute for International Relations, Zagreb


Essential book for the course IR. Very detailled and complete information. Can be provided as literature for all papers.

Ms Emilia Mantadakis
Department of Political Science, Maastricht University
March 3, 2016

This book is quite comprehensive source about Eurepean Union. Because, in this book, European integration discussed in a theoretical way. This book is a good reference source for who want to learn about both the EU and EU's policy areas.

Dr Sabrina Kayıkcı
Public Administration, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University
January 21, 2014

Accessible and more varied than some of the other textbooks on the market. I liked the less introductory focus and have recommended it for students with some basic knowledge of the EU, who want to extend their understanding.

Miss Holly Snaith
Department of Politics, Aston University
November 6, 2012

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