Now in its third edition, The European Union: How Does it Work?
demystifies the European Union's structures and operation, providing a concise, engaging, and accessible introduction ideal for students with no background in the subject. Bringing together an exceptional collection of work--by practitioners who have worked or currently work in the EU's institutions and by leading scholars and academics--this volume cuts through the complexity to explain how the EU really works and why it matters. Innovative pedagogical tools--including "How it Really Works" and "Compared to What" boxes--help guide students through the material. A Companion Website offers multiple-choice questions, a timeline of key events, relevant links, and an interactive map for students. It also provides seminar questions and activities and PowerPoint-based presentations for instructors.New to this Edition:
* Revised and updated throughout in light of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and the effects of the financial crisis on the Eurozone
* New coeditor Richard Corbett, former Member of the European Parliament, has ensured that the anthology continues to include a practitioner's perspective
* Three new chapters: 6. How Policies are Made, 7. Democracy, and 9. The EU as a Security Actor
...[This] book provides the type of scholarship we need in order to better understand the EU.' Vasilis Margaras, EU Observer The book is written by well-regarded academics and practitioners. In this respect, the book has an added value since it not only mentions theory but also explains the real day-to-day politics of the EU.' Vasilis Margaras, EU Observer Given its ability to condense key information about the EU in an easy to absorb format plus the detailed reading lists and references provided make this a 'go to' book for the beginner or policy-oriented student.