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Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction (The European Union Series) [Hardcover]

John McCormick
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22 Mar 2002 0333948688 978-0333948682 2nd Revised edition
This revised, expanded and updated second edition of John McCormick's "Understanding the European Union" provides a broad ranging but concise introduction to the EU. Rather than focusing just on the politics or the economics of the EU or on detailed coverage of its institutions and/or policies, the author covers all major aspects of European integration combining a clear and accessible thematic narrative with boxed summaries of a wide range of essential facts and figures.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd Revised edition edition (22 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333948688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333948682
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,026,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John McCormick is a professor of political science at Indiana University, Indianapolis. He has degrees from Rhodes University in South Africa and University College London, and a Ph.D from Indiana University. He spent eight years working in the public sector for two London-based environmental interest groups - the World Wildlife Fund, and the International Institute for Environment and Development - and was also a consultant for a number of international organizations, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN Environment Programme.

The author of twelve books and multiple book chapters and academic papers, his most recent publications include Environmental Policy in the European Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001), Contemporary Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition, 2007), The European Union: Politics and Policies (Westview, 4th edition, 2008), Understanding the European Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 4th edition, 2008), Comparative Politics in Transition (Wadsworth, 6th edition, 2009), Europeanism (Oxford University Press, 2010), and European Union Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2011).

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"Clear and concise - easily accessible - exactly what we need." --Mirjam Van Bergen, University of Groningen"All in all this is a useful resource for the "ignorant," the perplexed and those who are trying to convey the bare fact to others." --Sylvia Mingay, author of "European Information"

About the Author

JOHN MCCORMICK is Associate Professor of Political Science, Indiana University/Purdue University. His previous publications include Environmental Policy in the European Union (Palgrave, 2001).

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that does what it says it will! 13 Aug 2004
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This was the first book I had ever read that was entirely on the EU. Out of the other EU books I have subsequently read I can say that this book is by far the best. It is an easy read, that goes into quite a lot of detail so is not too sketchy, but at the same time is not overly complicated. The book does what it says it will do, and has certainly given me an Understanding the European Union. If you want to read on a specific area this book prehaps is not the best, but on the other hand certainly has more detail than other general EU books. A very worthwhile read - thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction 13 Oct 2000
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As an undergraduate political science major, this book was immensely helpful to me. I read it before studying the EU during my junior year abroad. It's clear, uses easy language, and provides the necessary basics for understanding the institution. I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for poli-sci majors 2 Nov 1999
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This is a bit dry, if this is not your area of interests, but anyone who is curious about what's been going on in Europe should read this. The EU is a like nothing this world has ever seen before. This unique institution willl heavily influence global politics in the next century. It behoovs anyone interested in government to learn the basics of what the EU is all about.
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