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

Brent F. Nelsen and Alexander Stubb, editors
The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration, 4th edition
ISBN: 978-1-62637-033-3
2014/403 pages/LC: 2014014750
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Praise for the previous editions:

"In a little over three hundred and fifty pages, The European Union manages to provide a thoughtful grounding in the political and theoretical works that continue to dominate the study of European integration."—Paul Riseborough, Journal of European Affairs

"This is, undoubtedly, the reader of choice for undergraduate and graduate courses on the European Union, and regional or global governance."—Osvaldo Croci, Journal of European Integration

"Highly accessible to students; each reading is clearly prefaced, set in context, and carefully and honestly abridged."—Talking Politics


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 theoretical developments in theory and practice as the EU wrestles with economic crises, political unrest, cultural conflict, and international competition.


Brent F. Nelsen is professor of political science at Furman University. His writings focus on European integration, religion and politics in Europe, and European public opinion. Alexander Stubb is Finland’s minister for European affairs and foreign trade. He previously served as minister of foreign affairs (2008-2011) and as a member of  the European Parliament (2004-2008). He is author of several books on European integration.


  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • Ventotene Manifesto—A. Spinelli and E. Rossi.
  • The Tragedy of Europe—W.S. Churchill.
  • The Schuman Declaration—R. Schuman.
  • Preambles to the Treaties Establishing the European Communities (The Treaties of Paris and Rome).
  • A Ferment of Change—J. Monnet.
  • A Concert of European States—C. de Gaulle.
  • Preamble to the Single European Act. A Family of Nations—M. Thatcher.
  • A Necessary Union—J. Delors.
  • Preamble to the Treaty on European Union (The Maastricht Treaty).
  • February 15, or What Binds Europeans Together—J. Habermas and J. Derrida.
  • Preambles to the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe and the Treaty of Lisbon.
  • Reflections on the Crisis in Europe (excerpts): The European Union: From Crisis to Regeneration, November 2011—A. Stubb; State of the Union Address, September 2012—J.M. Durão Barroso; "A British Referendum?", 23 January 2013—D. Cameron; The Blenheim Palace Speech, September 2012—R. Sikorski.
  • Altiero Spinelli and the Strategy for the United States of Europe—S. Pistone.
  • A Working Peace System—D. Mitrany.
  • Political Community and the North Atlantic Area—K.W. Deutsch, et al.
  • The Uniting of Europe—E.B. Haas.
  • Obstinate or Obsolete? The Fate of the Nation-State and the Case of Western Europe—S. Hoffmann.
  • The Theory of Economic Integration: An Introduction—B. Balassa.
  • Of Blind Men, Elephants and International Integration—D.J. Puchala.
  • European Community and Nation-State: A Case for a Neofederalism?—J. Pinder.
  • 1992: Recasting the European Bargain—W. Sandholtz and J. Zysman.
  • The Choice for Europe—A. Moravcsik.
  • Integration, Supranational Governance, and the Institutionalization of the European Polity—A.S. Sweet and W. Sandholtz.
  • The Study of the European Community: The Challenge of Comparative Politics—S. Hix.
  • Multi-Level Governance in the European Union—L. Hooghe and G. Marks.
  • The Next Europe: Toward a Federal Union—N. Berggruen and N. Gardels.
  • The Institutional Construction of Interests—C. Parsons.
  • A Postfunctionalist Theory of European Integration: From Permissive Consensus to Constraining Dissensus—L. Hooghe and G. Marks.
  • The Governance Approach to European Integration—M. Jachtenfuchs.
  • Europe and Its Empires: From Rome to the European Union—G. Marks.
  • What is European Integration Really About? A Political Guide for Economists—E. Spolaore.
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