1st Edition

The European Union at an Inflection Point
(Dis)integrating or the New Normal?

Edited By

Alasdair Young

ISBN 9781138708211
Published March 15, 2017 by Routledge
164 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

The cutting-edge contributions to this book analyse different facets of the European Union (EU): closer integration among the member states, policymaking within a ‘normal’ political system, and the implications of European integration for its member states. This book also considers whether the challenges currently confronting the EU – the lingering Eurozone debt crises, the migrant/refugee crisis, the British decision to leave the EU, and terrorist attacks in Belgium, France and Germany – mark an inflection point for the Union and for the study of the EU. For the first time, ‘less Europe’, rather than closer integration, has emerged as a serious option in response to crisis. This possibility reignites questions of (dis)integration and calls into question the assumption of the EU as a ‘normal’ political system. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy.

Table of Contents

An inflection point in European Union studies? Mapping European law  Free movement and EU citizenship: a virtuous circle?  Policy leadership and re-election in the European Parliament  Does the European Union have a reverse gear? Policy dismantling in a hyperconsensual polity  Coming full circle? Differential empowerment in Croatia’s EU accession process  Winning the battle or losing the war: the impact of European integration on labour market institutions in Germany and Denmark  The minimum wage in Germany: what brought the state in?

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Alasdair R. Young is a Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Co-Director of the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. He is the chair of the European Union Studies Association (USA) (2015-2017).