The Elgar Companion to the European Union


The Elgar Companion to the European Union

9781800883420 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Samuel B.H. Faure, Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Christian Lequesne, Center for International Studies (CERI), Sciences Po, France
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 342 0 Extent: 388 pp
Constituting a major contribution to literature on the EU, this comprehensive Companion analyses the structure and value of the EU, capturing the normality of its politics alongside crises and political breakdown.

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Constituting a major contribution to literature on the European Union, this comprehensive Companion analyses the structure and value of the EU, capturing the normality of its politics alongside crises and political breakdown.

Examining the EU through the lenses of political science, history, law, sociology and international political economy, the Companion provides a holistic outline of the methodological controversies and core theoretical approaches in European studies. Taking a closer look into the governance of and regulation within the EU, chapters consider its range of actors and decision-making processes before exploring the regulation and redistributive policies of the internal market. Forward-thinking, the Companion concludes with a discussion of the EU’s strategies in responding to issues of increasingly global significance, including climate change, migration and war. Reflecting on the evolution of politics beyond the nation-state, it predicts a shift in the EU’s raison d''être from inward narratives of internal prosperity to outward narratives of increasingly competitive international power.

International and interdisciplinary in scope, the contributions will be invaluable to students and scholars of international and EU politics, policy and relations. Tracing the potential future directions of the EU, it will also be a vital resource to policymakers working in EU regulation and governance.
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‘The Elgar Companion to the European Union is an impressive volume on the state-of-the-art in EU studies. It offers deep insights into the core contributions of scholarship on the EU, past and present, with major scholars addressing key topics of importance, from theories and methods to democratic governance, market regulation, and global issues in a full range of policy areas. This is certain to become the go-to source on what the EU is and how it works.’
– Vivien A. Schmidt, Boston University, US

‘The Elgar Companion to the European Union offers a comprehensive overview of European institutions, policies, challenges, and politics. The contributors are among the best available. It is an essential resource for students, scholars, and anyone who must engage with the European project.’
– Erik Jones, European University Institute, Italy
Contributors: Gerry Alons, Lola Avril, Aline Bartenstein, Laurie Beaudonnet, Joost Berkhout, Peter Berkovitz, Céleste Bonnamy, Simon Bulmer, Hugo Canihac, Mark Copelovitch, Olivier Costa, Amandine Crespy, Samuel B.H. Faure, François Foret, Viviane Gravey, Marcel Hanegraaff, Sophie Jacquot, Thibault Joltreau,
Alison Harcourt, Jolyon Howorth, Ulrich Krotz, Thomas Laloux, Sandra Lavenex, Cal Le Gall, Christian Lequesne, Ulrike Liebert, Benjamin Martill, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Dora Piroska, Claudio Radaelli, Guri Rosen, Sabine Saurugger, Lucas Schramm, Samuel R. Schubert, Andy Smith, Virginie Van Ingelgom, Stefanie Walter, Laurent Warlouzet, Wolfgang Wessels, Katharina Wolf, Pieter Zwaan

1 Introduction: Understanding the European Union in the 21st century 1
Samuel B. H. Faure and Christian Lequesne

2 Grand theories of integration: Neofunctionalism, intergovernmentalism
and constructivism 13
Sabine Saurugger
3 Institutionalism 27
Simon Bulmer
4 The European Union in search for legitimization: Theories and practices 37
François Foret
5 Demoicratic theory: Bridging positive, critical and normative
approaches to European studies 48
Kalypso Nicolaïdis and Ulrike Liebert

6 European integration history: Beyond the Milward vs. federalism debate 68
Laurent Warlouzet
7 Law and the European Union 82
Lola Avril
8 Sociology and the European Union 93
Céleste Bonnamy and Hugo Canihac
9 International political economy and the European Union 108
Mark Copelovitch and Stefanie Walter
10 Qualitative research on the European Union: What interviews and
observatory participation bring to the party 122
Thibaut Joltreau and Andy Smith
11 Quantitative analyses of the European Union 133
Thomas Laloux and Cal Le Gall

12 EU institutional governance 146
Olivier Costa
13 Member states: The fundamental dilemma of the masters of treaties –
Erosion or rescue of the nation state? 157
Aline Bartenstein and Wolfgang Wessels
14 Interest groups 171
Marcel Hanegraaff and Joost Berkhout
15 Political parties 182
Laurie Beaudonnet
16 Citizens 194
Virginie Van Ingelgom
17 Brexit 209
Benjamin Martill

18 The single market 224
Alison J. Harcourt and Claudio M. Radaelli
19 Economic and monetary policies 235
Dora Piroska
20 The Common Agricultural Policy: Still the elephant in the room? 248
Gerry Alons and Pieter Zwaan
21 Cohesion policy 258
Peter Berkowitz
22 Social and health policies 271
Amandine Crespy
23 Gender equality policy 285
Sophie Jacquot

24 Trade policy 298
Guri Rosen
25 Energy policy 310
Samuel R. Schubert
26 Environmental policy 325
Viviane Gravey
27 Migration and asylum policy 335
Sandra Lavenex
28 Security and defence policy 344
Jolyon Howorth
29 Foreign policy 354
Ulrich Krotz, Lucas Schramm and Katharina Wolf

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