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2nd Edition

European Union in the Global Context

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ISBN 9781138240049
April 15, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
480 Pages

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Book Description

The European Union in a Global Context explores the interplay between the state and state sovereignty, nationalism, European integration and globalisation. It provides essential foundations in these areas, while using stimulating arguments to prompt discussion and provoke interest in the relationships between these processes. It critically analyses the challenges faced by the EU from the contemporary political and economic dynamics of globalisation (IPE), including trading relationships set through the WTO and bilateral relations with emerging markets, especially the BRIC economies.

Likewise, pressures from within, such as a resurgence of nationalism, localisation, anti-austerity politics, and Euroscepticism are examined. While the Union is fundamentally challenged by pressures from above and below, and by its own internal dysfunction, it remains central to the effective management of the international political economy.

The European Union in a Global Context is a lively, focussed and engaging text, incorporating anecdotes and contemporary arguments, and presenting different perspectives on European integration and globalisation. It will be of key interest to European Politics, European Studies, European Union Studies and more broadly to global political economy, foreign and security policy and international relations.

Table of Contents



Part I: European Union and Nationalism

1. Europe: Origins of Nationalism and the State Experience

2. The State, Sovereignty and Nationalism

3. The Rise of Nationalism in the European Union

Part II: European Union: Theory, Process and Implementation

4. Integration Theories, the European Union and the State

5. International Relations Theory and the State

6. European Union Institutions and the State

7. The Neoliberal Challenge to the EU Social Market Ideal

Part III: European Union and Contemporary Economic Globalisation

8. European Union Interests: Enlargement, Neighbourhood, and Regional Policy

9. European Union as a Global Actor: Foreign and Security Policy

10. European Union and Perpetual Crisis

11. Globalisation, Trade Policy, and the EU in Transition

12. Conclusion

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Dr Simon Sweeney is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy in York Management School at the University of York. He is also Director of Postgraduate Programmes responsible for seven taught masters degrees. He is an experienced writer, author of Europe, the State and Globalisation (Longman, 2005). He is a regular paper contributor on the EU studies conference circuit, where during his doctoral studies he tested doctoral research material at EUSA, UACES, BISA and PSA conferences, among others. He has been a prominent contributor to the UACES CRN on CSDP and Strategy presenting various papers at conferences and workshops. His (part-time) PhD registration in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds concluded with a PhD award in 2015. The thesis title was ‘Explaining the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP): Power, Bureaucratic Politics and Grand Strategy’. He has an extensive knowledge of EU literature, comprising EU history and development, institutional characteristics, policy-making, including foreign and security interests. He has twenty years experience of teaching EU and European politics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.