Europe Today: National politics, European integration, and European security

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Ronald Tiersky
Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - Political Science - 515 pages
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This engaging book, a true twenty-first century enterprise, is the only text that offers both country case studies and discussion of the European Union in one sustained volume. The contributors, an authoritative group of Americans and Europeans, explore the new Europe west and east using intertwining themes of domestic politics, European integration, and European security. The chapters divided into country, institutional, and thematic sections are both student and teacher friendly: clearly written, engaging, and tailored for classroom discussion. Each chapter provides necessary basic information and explanations, enhanced by an accessible and distinctive perspective on concepts and current debates. Now thoroughly revised for 2004, Europe Today is the first European politics text to offer current analysis on the invasion of Iraq, NATO and European security, U.S.-European relations, and enlargement issues. All chapters from the first edition have been comprehensively updated, and completely new chapters have been added on Germany, France, Great Britain, Spain, Poland, monetary union, security, and migration. With its strong international emphasis and focus on Europe before and after Iraq, professors will be able to use this text to lead students toward a coherent view of intra-European conflicts, Europe and the United States, and Europe's international responsibilities. A new website devoted exclusively to the book, with regularly updated statistics, analysis, and links for each chapter, will provide a rich resource for students seeking additional information and researching classroom assignments.
  

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Contents

Europe International Crisis and the Future of Integration
3
The European Union From Community to Constitution
21
European Monetary Union and the Problem of Macroeconomic Governance
59
NATO European Security and Beyond?
89
EU Enlargement The Return to Europe
119
Keep Out Protectionism Migration Control and Globalization
145
The Making of a Supranational Rule of Law The Battle for Supremacy
177
COUNTRIES
209
Britain In and Out of Europe?
297
Italy A Society in Search of a State
345
Spain Middle Power or Major Player?
385
Scandinavia Still the Middle Way?
409
Poland Breaking Multiple Barriers
455
Glossary
487
Index
493
About the Contributors
513

Unified Germany The Desire for Stability and the Need for Change
211
France Ending the Gaullist Era?
251

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Ronald Tiersky is Eastman Professor of Politics at Amherst College.

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