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Encyclopedia of the European Union, Updated Edition

Desmond Dinan, editor
Encyclopedia of the European Union, Updated Edition
ISBN: 978-1-55587-926-6
2000/566 pages/LC: 99-086544
7" x 10" format

"The first truly authoritative European Union (EU) encyclopedia."—Paul Riseborough, Journal of European Affairs

"This Encyclopedia covers a vast subject matter extensively and thoroughly ... a result of superb editing.... This is truly a useful reference work which ... gives a most copious history of the Union, its many institutions, people an functions."—Vivienne Monty, European Integration

Reviews of the original edition:

"A real encyclopedia!... straight-forward, detailed, lucid, comprehensive, factual, indexed, and beautifully laid-out.... This is one of the best reference works I've seen for a long time."—Library Review

"Encyclopedia of the European Union is exemplary in every important aspect.... lucid, concise, and authoritative.... this work is worth every penny of its asking price."—Business Information Alert

"Recommended without qualification to those needing information about the European Union."—American Reference Books Annual

"Encyclopedia of the European Union offers an authoritative and affordable treatment of the European Union."—Against the Grain

"Dinan's encyclopedia makes a big contribution to research on the EU.... no library should be without a copy. It will prove to be an invaluable aid for future research as well as a source of information about the present EU."—Policy Studies Journal

"This volume [is] essential for nearly all universities and colleges, and even for larger high schools."—Choice


The Encyclopedia of the European Union provides in-depth, authoritative discussions of the key concepts, developments, institutions, policies, negotiations, treaties, national interests, personalities, etc., related to European integration. The more than seven hundred easily accessible entries, written by internationally recognized scholars, cover virtually every aspect of the European Union. Maps, glossaries, appendixes, and a comprehensive index further enhance the volume.

First published in 1998, the Encyclopedia is now available in paperback, priced for student use. The chronology, tables, and appendixes have been updated through 1999 to reflect recent events, including the constitution of the new Commission and the organization of the newly elected European Parliament.

The International Advisory Board:

  • Roy H. Ginsberg, Skidmore College (U.S.A.)
  • Janne Haaland Matlary, University of Oslo (Norway)
  • Andrew Moravcsik, Harvard University (U.S.A.)
  • John Redmond, University of Birmingham (England)
  • Glenda G. Rosenthal, Columbia University (U.S.A.)
  • Alberta Sbragia, University of Pittsburgh (U.S.A.)
  • Paul J.J. Welfens, Potsdam University (Germany)


Desmond Dinan is Jean Monnet Professor of public policy at George Mason University. He is author of Ever Closer Union: An Introduction to European Integration.

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