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The European Union and the Member States, 3rd Edition

Eleanor E. Zeff and Ellen B. Pirro, editors

Can the European Union survive repeated economic crises? If it survives, will it stay as it is or take on a new form? This new edition of The European Union and the Member States, fully revised and updated, addresses these questions as it explores the complex relationship between the EU and each of its now 28 members. The country chapters follow a common format, considering: How and in what    More >

The European Union and the Member States, 3rd Edition

Europe Recast: A History of European Union, 2nd edition

Desmond Dinan

Thoroughly revised to reflect a decade of recent history—and incorporating newly available archival material and the latest scholarship—Europe Recast tells the story of European integration from its modern origins in the 1940s to the challenges of today. The book is an essential guide to unraveling the complexity of the EU system in the context of modern European history.    More >

Europe Recast: A History of European Union, 2nd edition

The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration, 4th edition

Brent F. Nelsen and Alexander Stubb, editors

The fourth edition of this popular reader, thoroughly updated, introduces students to both the concept of a united Europe and to integration theory. The expanded first two sections of the book now present the visions of the primary shapers of the union and its fundamental documents, as well as early currents in integration theory. The completely revised third and fourth sections explore recent    More >

The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration, 4th edition

Politics in Contemporary Portugal: Democracy Evolving

José M. Magone

José Magone provides a comprehensive overview of the development of Portuguese democracy, highlighting the country’s achievements and failures across four decades. Magone briefly traces Portugal's political history and provides socioeconomic context before turning his attention to a range of key areas: from political structures and public administration to political culture,    More >

Politics in Contemporary Portugal: Democracy Evolving

Political Corruption in Eastern Europe: Politics After Communism

Tatiana Kostadinova

Why has political corruption emerged as a major obstacle to successful democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe? Exploring the origins, scope, and impact of political corruption in the region's post communist states, Tatiana Kostadinova identifies the factors that favor illicit behavior and considers how the various forms of malfeasance are threatening democracy. Rich cross-national data    More >

Political Corruption in Eastern Europe: Politics After Communism

Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe

Terri E. Givens and Rahsaan Maxwell, editors

Do ethnic minority politicians play a meaningful role in Western Europe? How do European publics feel about nonwhite politicians? How are political parties reaching out to ethnic minority communities, and how do those communities feel about their political influence? Addressing these increasingly critical questions, the authors of Immigrant Politics explore the realities, possibilities, and    More >

Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe

EU Security Policy: What It Is, How It Works, Why It Matters

Michael Merlingen

What is the European Union's security and defense policy (CSDP)? How does it work? Does it make a difference in international security affairs? How do other global actors react to Europe’s new assertiveness? And how do theories of international relations account for the trajectory of EU integration in the high politics of national security? In this comprehensive survey and analysis,    More >

EU Security Policy: What It Is, How It Works, Why It Matters

The Politics of Privatization: Wealth and Power in Postcommunist Europe

John A. Gould

In this remarkable story of postcommunist politics gone wrong, John Gould explores privatization’s role in the scramble for wealth and power in postcommunist Europe. Gould engages the core debates on privatization. Does democratic development facilitate effective capitalist reform, or vice versa? How do political legacies shape privatization choices? Is simultaneous transition feasible?    More >

The Politics of Privatization: Wealth and Power in Postcommunist Europe

Promoting Democracy in Postcommunist Ukraine: The Contradictory Outcomes of US Aid to Women’s NGOs

Kateryna Pishchikova

Considerable material and human resources are devoted to building democratic institutions around the world. Why, then, do assistance programs fail to meet their proclaimed goals? And why aren't these programs changed or abandoned when they fail? Using US assistance to women's NGOs in postcommunist Ukraine as a case study, Kateryna Pishchikova shows why democracy promotion programs have a    More >

Promoting Democracy in Postcommunist Ukraine: The Contradictory Outcomes of US Aid to Women’s NGOs

Ever Closer Union: An Introduction to European Integration, 4th edition

Desmond Dinan

In the years since the third edition of Ever Closer Union was published, the EU saw the ratification and implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, further enlargement, leadership changes, policy reforms, enduring Euroskepticism, an ever-growing global role, and more—all of which is reflected in this fully revised and updated new edition. Retaining its familiar three part    More >

Ever Closer Union: An Introduction to European Integration, 4th edition

The European Union and the Global South

Fredrik Söderbaum and Patrik Stålgren, editors

Choice Outstanding Academic Book! The development of coherent and effective relations with other regions and countries is one of the most challenging tasks faced by the European Union. This original volume explores the EU’s engagement with the global South, focusing on three controversial policy areas: economic cooperation, development cooperation, and conflict    More >

The European Union and the Global South

Dismantling Social Europe: The Political Economy of Social Policy in the European Union

Daniel V. Preece

Why is neoliberalism winning out as a social policy in the European Union? Daniel Preece demonstrates how, despite the commitment to "Social Europe" that has been entrenched in the EU treaty framework since the late 1990s, neoliberal actors have successfully reframed the policy debates and affected the welfare policies adopted by the member states. Focusing on the cases of Germany and    More >

Dismantling Social Europe: The Political Economy of Social Policy in the European Union

Innovative Governance in the European Union: The Politics of Multilevel Policymaking

Ingeborg Tömmel and Amy Verdun, editors

Do the traditional tools of governance make sense in the decidedly nontraditional political entity that is the European Union? Or are the realities of the unique EU system generating new, and sometimes eclectic approaches to policymaking? Responding to these questions, Innovative Governance in the European Union explores the emergence and development of governance approaches in a wide range of    More >

Innovative Governance in the European Union: The Politics of Multilevel Policymaking

European Politics: The Making of Democratic States

Walter C. Opello, Jr., and Katherine A. R. Opello

This innovative text explores the nature of European politics in the context of the origin and institutional development of the European state system.  Underlying the analysis are a series of questions: How did the state, the central element of contemporary European political life, emerge from and eventually triumph over the bewildering multiplicity of competing forms of rule that existed    More >

European Politics: The Making of Democratic States

Understanding Contemporary Russia

Michael L. Bressler, editor

Understanding Contemporary Russia provides a thorough introduction to a country currently in the midst of political, economic, and social transformation. Interdisciplinary in design, the book is intended for use as a core text in introductory survey and politics courses and also as a supplement in a variety of discipline-oriented courses. The authors draw on the best scholarship in their fields    More >

Understanding Contemporary Russia

Shaping German Foreign Policy: History, Memory, and National Interest

Anika Leithner

Reconciling the imperatives of Germany’s national identity and its national interest has been a challenge for the country’s policymakers since the end of the Cold War. Anika Leithner explores how (and how much) the past continues to shape Germany’s foreign policy behavior in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Leithner argues that, while German foreign policy is still    More >

Shaping German Foreign Policy: History, Memory, and National Interest

Governing the Czech Republic and Slovakia: Between State Socialism and the European Union

John A. Scherpereel

Why do democratic leaders sometimes choose not to establish institutions that would promote the consolidation of democracy? And what are the consequences of those choices? Focusing on the cases of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, John Scherpereel explores the interplay of historical institutional legacies, short-term elite interests, and international pressures (i.e., EU conditionality) in the    More >

Governing the Czech Republic and Slovakia: Between State Socialism and the European Union

Security and Sovereignty in the Former Soviet Union

Ruth Deyermond

Among the contentious issues that come into play in relations between Russia and the other post-Soviet states, security concerns are arguably at the top of the list. Ruth Deyermond explores the linkage between post-Soviet security politics and the development of state sovereignty in the region, focusing on Russia's interactions with Ukraine, Georgia, and Belarus. Deyermond ranges from    More >

Security and Sovereignty in the Former Soviet Union

The New European Union: Confronting the Challenges of Integration

Steve Wood and Wolfgang Quaisser

This concise but wide-ranging work explores the major political, economic, and strategic challenges confronting the European Union in the context of a rapidly changing geopolitical environment. Steve Wood and Wolfgang Quaisser consider the actors and issues at the center of current developments in the integration process. Beginning with some basic conceptual questions—for example, what    More >

The New European Union: Confronting the Challenges of Integration

Political Parties in the Regions of Russia: Democracy Unclaimed

Grigorii V. Golosov

Political parties typically are assumed to be essential for contemporary democratic government and governance. Why, then, has the regime change in Russia failed to produce viable political parties? Grigorii Golosov addresses this question, exploring issues central to an understanding of Russian political development. Golosov combines statistical and qualitative analysis, including case studies,    More >

Political Parties in the Regions of Russia: Democracy Unclaimed

Human Rights in Russia: A Darker Side of Reform

Jonathan Weiler

The connection between Soviet authoritarianism and human rights violations once seemed unassailable, as did the belief that a transition away from communist rule would lead to better protection of human rights. Challenging these assumptions, Jonathan Weiler argues that the tumultuous processes associated with political and economic reform have, in important instances, eroded human rights in    More >

Human Rights in Russia: A Darker Side of Reform

The Politics of EU Police Cooperation: Toward a European FBI?

John D. Occhipinti

Will the European Union soon have a policing agency similar to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation? John Occhipinti traces the evolution of the European Police Office (Europol), bringing to life the core themes—e.g., the tension between supranationalism and intergovernmentalism, concerns over the "democratic deficit" in the EU, and the impact of enlargement—in the study    More >

The Politics of EU Police Cooperation: Toward a European FBI?

German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era

Scott Erb

Despite an array of predictions that Germany's foreign policy would be unable to adapt easily to the postunification, post–Cold War environment, it has in fact remained effective, even as it evolves in response to myriad challenges. Scott Erb analyzes German policy, with an emphasis on the transitions from 1980 to the present.   Erb argues that Germany's success in dealing    More >

German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era

Paris, Capital of Europe: From the Revolution to the Belle Epoque

Johannes Willms, translated by Eviline L. Kanes

A History Book Club Alternate Selection Few understand or appreciate the evolutionary process that transformed Paris from the capital of France into the capital of Europe. Paris: From the Revolution to the Belle Epoque is the lively, provocative, meticulously researched story of that remarkable transformation. Johannes Willms, a historian and journalist, covers the years from the brink of    More >

Paris, Capital of Europe: From the Revolution to the Belle Epoque

Social Democracy and the Challenge of European Union

Robert Ladrech

The shift in executive power from the European Union's member states to Brussels raises profound questions for Europe's social democratic parties as they seek to remain relevant within an integrated "Euro-polity." This book analyzes the response to this challenge: an entirely new organizational form of party politics emerging at the European level. Ladrech shows how social democratic    More >

European Monetary Integration and Domestic Politics: Britain, France, and Italy

James I. Walsh

This book explains why three countries—Britain, France, and Italy—that have faced similar problems of high inflation and currency depreciation since the 1970s—Britain, France, and Italy—have pursued very different international monetary strategies. Walsh argues that international monetary policies produce predictable sets of winners and losers, and that policy choice is a    More >

Deutsche Mark Politics: Germany in the European Monetary System

Peter Henning Loedel

Why is Germany prepared to sacrifice the deutsche mark for European Monetary Union? Peter Loedel’s novel analysis, incorporating domestic, European, and global aspects of German monetary policy, suggests that the institutional relationship between the Bundesbank and the federal government, together with Germany’s bargaining strategies toward European and global monetary-governance    More >

Ethnopolitics in the New Europe

John T. Ishiyama and Marijke Breuning

What makes some multiethnic states integrate and others descend into civil war? Ishiyama and Breuning extend traditional explanations centered on socioeconomic, cultural, and historical factors to argue that the actions of leaders of ethnic segments—too often ignored—are also critical determinants of policy outcomes. Applying a framework derived from comparative politics and IR    More >

The State of the European Union, Volume 4: Deepening and Widening

Pierre-Henri Laurent and Marc Maresceau, editors

The struggle between those who seek a more integrated, and even a federal, Europe and those proposing a looser confederation was once again highlighted at the 1996-1997 Intergovernmental Conference, and reflected in the IGC’s decisions. This fourth volume in the European Community Studies Association's biennial series examines the divisions within the EU in the key areas of the common    More >

Europe's Ambiguous Unity: Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Maastricht Era

Alan W. Cafruny and Carl Lankowski, editors

Although the European Union as an entity now enjoys support from across most of the political spectrum, this has by no means resulted in the acceptance of a single vision of the EU. The apparent successes engendered by the Single European Act and the Maastricht Treaty have led instead to both a broadening and a reformulation of opposition. The nations of Western Europe have thus forged an    More >

The State of the European Union, Vol. 3: Building a European Polity?

Carolyn Rhodes and Sonia Mazey, editors

With the ratification of the Treaty on European Union (Maastricht) in 1993, a new era in the history of European integration emerged—an era that juxtaposes the principle of subsidiarity with widening membership, and that challenges member states to balance interests of sovereignty with wider European goals. This volume, the third in a biennial series, explores the implications of these    More >