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The European Union in the 21st Century

The European Union in the 21st Century

October 2023 | 384 pages | CQ Press
The European Union in the 21st Century takes a fresh look at a complex and ever-changing organization by examining its pursuit of two very different objectives: power (security and political weight) and plenty (economic growth and social welfare). Nikolaos Zahariadis aims to help students understand these two objectives and how the tension between them affects different issue areas, illuminating how each objective represents a different perspective on what the EU is and what it does. The book also introduces students to the systematic thinking that political scientists employ to see the connections between policies, institutions, and actors. By unpacking the various perspectives, students will gain greater insight into how policymakers think and why EU leaders make the kinds of decisions they do.  

Chapter 1: What Kind of Union?
Part I: The Fundamentals
Chapter 2: Perspectives on Power and Plenty
Chapter 3: The Challenges of Enlargement (and Contraction)
Chapter 4: Democracy in the European Union
Chapter 5: Europeanization: National Representation in Brussels
Chapter 6: Monitoring, Implementing, and Adjudicating Bodies of the European Union
Part II: The Pursuit of Plenty
Chapter 7: Economic Growth
Chapter 8: Money
Chapter 9: The Environment and Food
Chapter 10: Cohesion
Part III: The Pursuit of Power
Chapter 11: The EU on the World Stage
Chapter 12: Immigration, Justice, and Security
Chapter 13: Retrospect and Prospect

Prof. Zahariadis writes with warmth and personality, while sustaining a new analytical approach to the origins and life of the European Union -- proof that there is something new under the EU-textbook sun. A book to be welcomed by the profession.

Barbara Syrrakos
The City College of New York

This book offers a clearly conceptualized and structured analysis of the processes and institutions of the European Union. It is clearly written with an economy of style that makes it accessible to the undergraduate student. It also provides ample discussion points for the classroom.

David S. Johnson
University of Alabama in Huntsville

This book presents a theory-driven, thematic approach to the European Union. It stays away from overly lengthy historical and institutional description and instead focuses more on purposes and goals.

Andreas Sobisch
John Carroll University
Key features
  • The author's unique approach looks at the European Union through its pursuit of power and plenty, helping students understand not only what the EU is but how its focus on building resources and wealth has informed its history and present.
  • Discussion of relevant political and economic theories helps students learn to think analytically about challenges and opportunities the EU faces.
  • Key terms highlighted throughout the book familiarize students with key EU concepts and terminology.
  • Lists of suggested readings at the end of each chapter help students dig deeper into the topics discussed.

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