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5.0 out of 5 stars What a tangled web we weave..., 21 Jun 2013
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Excellent account of the complicated and complex world of EU technocracy and its evolution in post-war Europe. Heartfield draws out how technocratic and transnational governance undermines national sovereignty and popular democracy. What is particularly galling is how contemptuous the European Union is towards voters. For example, the EU's refusal to accept the Irish electorate's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. Many pointless and unnecessary bureaucratic rules and regulations are also passed above the heads of governments and voters. However, Heartfield doesn't let national governments off the hook, arguing that they are happily complicit when it suits them and on the other hand quick to scapegoat the EU. This book argues for a reimagining of Europe as an idea and a polity that can be realised through fuller democratic participation and the removal of the bureaucratic and psychological grip of the EU and its mandarins on the peoples of Europe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to understand the EU?, 23 April 2014
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This review is from: European Union and the End of Politics, The (Paperback)
A very good explantation on the dynamics at work in the EU. Eurosceptic or not, if you want to understand why things are as they are, read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Nov 2014
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Anyone who may have to vote in a future referendum should read this book. A compelling read. Highly recommended
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European Union and the End of Politics, The by James Heartfield (Paperback - 31 May 2013)
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