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.
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).