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

Desmond Dinan
Ever Closer Union: An Introduction to European Integration, 4th edition
ISBN: 978-1-58826-607-1
ISBN: 978-1-62637-216-0
2010/619 pages/LC: 2010018929
Praise for the previous editions:

"A masterful examination of the history, institutions, and policies of the EU."—Europe

"A rich history, navigable institutional blueprints, and a frank discussion of the past, present, and future activities of the European integration project.... As a teaching resource its comprehensive coverage, attention to detail, and amusing anecdotal style make it an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses alike.... its extensive bibliography, logical organization, and historical perspective will make it attractive to researchers as well."—ECSA Review

"An essential foundation text for the study of the politics of the European Union.... belongs on every student's shelf."—Cambridge Review of International Affairs

"A tour de force grounded in the politics of the EU's big players."—London Times


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 structure—history, institutions, and policies—Ever Closer Union clearly explains the complexities of European integration from the 1950s to the present.


Desmond Dinan is professor of public policy at George Mason University. His numerous publications include Europe Recast: A History of European Union and he is editor of Encyclopedia of the European Union.


  • Introduction.
  • Reconstruction, Reconciliation, and Integration, 1945–1957.
  • Uncertain Terrain, 1958–1972.
  • A Community in Flux, 1973–1984.
  • From European Community to European Union, 1985–1992.
  • The Emergent European Union, 1993-1999.
  • The Unsettled European Union, 2000-2010.
  • The Commission.
  • The European Council and the Council of Ministers.
  • The European Parliament.
  • Other Institutions and Bodies.
  • Interinstitutional Dynamics.
  • Agriculture and Cohesion.
  • The Internal Market and Monetary Union.
  • Economic Performance: Growth and Jobs.
  • The Environment, Energy, and Climate Change.
  • Beyond the EU's Borders.
  • Internal and External Security.
  • EU-US Relations.
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