180 pages | 1 B/W Illus.
Making often complex concepts easily comprehended, this book enables the reader to quickly build a solid and well-rounded understanding of the EU's history and present, covering:
'Global order is a dynamic phenomenon, affected by the structure of a variety of institutions. In The European Union, Clive Archer skillfully and clearly introduces the reader to one of the key institutions and central features of the current world order – the EU. Demonstrating that the EU is "unique" in its role as a "Global Institution," Archer succeeds admirably in his aims of providing information about the EU and placing the process of EU integration into a set of broader political contexts – including the relationships between state and society, the states of the European region, and global order as a whole.' - Harvey Starr, University of South Carolina, USA
'Archer has undertaken a wonderful service in writing this concise, yet comprehensive, introduction to the European Union. The EU's decision-making processes and policies are covered with a clarity that makes the EU's formidable complexity fully accessible - and is to be especially recommended to the reader unfamiliar with the institution.' - Richard G. Whitman, University of Bath, UK
1. Introduction 2. A Brief History 3. Structure and Institutions 4. The EU’s Activities: Internal 5. The EU’s Activities: External 6. The Debate on the Nature of the EU 7. Where to Now? Maps. Annotated Bibliography. Annotated Websites. Key Citations from Documents
The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).
The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:
Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.