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The European Union: How does it work? (6th edn)  

Edited by:
Daniel KenealyLecturer and Director of Teaching Quality, University of EdinburghClose
Amelia HadfieldProfessor of European and International Relations, Head of the Department of Politics and Co-Director of the Centre for Britain and Europe at the University of SurreyClose
Richard Corbettformer Member of the European Parliament, former advisor on institutional issues to the President of the European CouncilClose
, and
John Petersonformer Professor of International Politics, University of EdinburghClose
Published in Print:01 April 2022 Published Online:August 2022
Publisher:Oxford University Press


The European Union: How Does It Work? is a perfect introduction to the European Union, providing concise, accessible coverage of the main actors, policies, and developments in the EU. An expert team of leading scholars and practitioners cuts through the complexity to explain how the EU works in theory and practice. The book equips readers with the knowledge and skills required to master the subject. Helpful learning features throughout the text help to develop readers’ understanding of the EU. ‘How it really works’ boxes demonstrate the working of the EU in practice, and challenge readers to contrast this with theoretical perspectives. ‘Key terms and concepts’ boxes provide concise definitions or summaries of words and ideas that are essential to understanding the EU. And each chapter contains ‘Spotlight’ boxes exploring specific cases that highlight how the EU works, what it does, or how it has evolved. Taken together, these features encourage readers to think critically about the reality of politics in the EU. This edition explores ongoing challenges to the EU, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and the erosion of democratic standards in some EU member states.


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