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What kind of Europe? [electronic resource] /
Loukas Tsoukalis.
edition
Updated and expanded ed.
imprint
Oxford ; New York Oxford University Press, 2005.
description
xii, 248 p. : ill ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0199279489 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Book
Subjects
corporate subject
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imprint
Oxford ; New York Oxford University Press, 2005.
isbn
0199279489 (pbk. : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8100243
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-238) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-12-01:
In this wide-ranging book, prolific political economist Tsoukalis examines the challenges facing Europe today. His key argument is that the old question "How much Europe?" should be replaced by a new one: "What kind of Europe?" Die-hard European federalists want to transfer more power to European institutions, writes Tsoukalis, while their opponents still cling to the nation-state. But the old cliches about a European superstate versus national sovereignty should give way to a debate about political and economic choices. The book considers some of these choices. Three thematic chapters conclude that political integration is underdeveloped compared to the EU's extensive economic functions, that integration results in winners and losers, and that the EU is a regional economic power so far unable to define a collective relationship with the US. Three further chapters examine specific policies, including economic and monetary union and the prospects for a common European foreign policy. The final chapter reiterates that Europe must become more political, since Europeanization is not a neutral process. The book's policy orientation and the author's conversational style make it well suited to a range of readers. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. W. Maas New York University
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"Extremely well-written, this book touches lightly and deftly on many of the internal and external pressure building as the EU proceeds along its path to an unknown destination. Thus, it is a book to be recommended to the general reader who does not wish to become enmeshed in the exquisite minutiae of EU history and policy. An excellent overview of the main economic policies of the EU--not in great detail, but sketching their origins and major evolutions. They contain a highly readable account of the EU's historical development that will be very informative for general readers. The exposition is complemented by a wealth of statistical data, intelligently presented, which lays out the broad economic trends of the past fifty years."--Political Science Quarterly "This is not just one more book on the theory of European integration, nor a specialized study of the intricacies of E.U. governance and policymaking. It is, quite simply, the most readable, comprehensive and balanced account yet of an extraordinary experiment in interstate cooperation."--Foreign Affairs "Loukas Tsoukalis... is an EU insider par excellence. He has managed to write a book about the European Union which takes on big questions and writes about them in clear and lively language.... all sides in the argument about the future of the European Union would profit from reading his book, which manages to summarise old arguments in a succinct and accessible way, while also introducing stimulating new ideas to the debate."--The Economist
"Extremely well-written, this book touches lightly and deftly on many of the internal and external pressure building as the EU proceeds along its path to an unknown destination. Thus, it is a book to be recommended to the general reader who does not wish to become enmeshed in the exquisite minutiae of EU history and policy. An excellent overview of the main economic policies of the EU--not in great detail, but sketching their origins and major evolutions. They contain a highly readable account of the EU's historical development that will be very informative for general readers. The exposition is complemented by a wealth of statistical data, intelligently presented, which lays out the broad economic trends of the past fifty years."--Political Science Quarterly "This is not just one more book on the theory of European integration, nor a specialized study of the intricacies of E.U. governance and policymaking. It is, quite simply, the most readable, comprehensive and balanced account yet of an extraordinary experiment in interstate cooperation."--ForeignAffairs "Loukas Tsoukalis... is an EU insider par excellence. He has managed to write a book about the European Union which takes on big questions and writes about them in clear and lively language.... all sides in the argument about the future of the European Union would profit from reading his book, which manages to summarise old arguments in a succinct and accessible way, while also introducing stimulating new ideas to the debate."--The Economist
'Review from previous edition Loukas Tsoukalis ... is an EU insider parexcellence. He has managed to write a book about the European Union which takeson big questions and writes about them in clear and lively language ... allsides in the argument about the future of the European Union would profit fromreading his book, which manages to summarise old arguments in a succinct andaccessible way, while also introducing stimulating new ideas to the debate.'The Economist
'Review from previous edition Loukas Tsoukalis ... is an EU insider par excellence. He has managed to write a book about the European Union which takes on big questions and writes about them in clear and lively language ... all sides in the argument about the future of the European Union wouldprofit from reading his book, which manages to summarise old arguments in a succinct and accessible way, while also introducing stimulating new ideas to the debate.'The Economist
'... this is not just one more book on the theory of European integration, nor a specialized study of the intricacies of EU governance and policymaking. It is, quite simply, the most readable, comprehensive, and balanced account yet of an extraordinary experiment in interstate cooperation ...an admirable piece of work.'Foreign Affairs
This is surely the best book on the state of the European Union at its present stage of development... Unusually for a book of such academic quality, it caters also for the general reader...
'Review from previous edition Loukas Tsoukalis ... is an EU insider par excellence. He has managed to write a book about the European Union which takes on big questions and writes about them in clear and lively language ... all sides in the argument about the future of the European Union would profit from reading his book, which manages to summarise old arguments in a succinct and accessible way, while also introducing stimulating new ideas to thedebate.'The Economist'... this is not just one more book on the theory of European integration, nor a specialized study of the intricacies of EU governance and policymaking. It is, quite simply, the most readable, comprehensive, and balanced account yet of an extraordinary experiment in interstate cooperation ... an admirable piece of work.'Foreign Affairs
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
As the European Union moves towards enlargement, this text pinpoints the crucial issues which will shape its future as a regional, economic and political entity.
Main Description
As the European Union moves towards enlargement,What Kind of Europe'pinpoints the crucial issues which will shape its future as a regional, economic, and political entity. Loukas Tsoukalis is one of the world's leading scholars on European integration; in this book he writes for any reader interested in the key democratic choices facing Europe's citizens.
Main Description
The debate on the future of Europe is gathering momentum. The new constitutional treaty, further enlargement, economic reform, and relations with the United States constitute the key elements. The European project has always been about peace, security, democracy, and prosperity through openborders and shared sovereignty, coupled with the defence of basic common values in a world where Europe no longer occupies the big seat at the centre. Some of the fundamentals have been changing, thus forcing the European Union into a redefinition of the project.What Kind of Europe? pinpoints the crucial issues which will shape the future of the EU as an economic and political entity. It also highlights the key democratic choices to be made. Written by one of the world's leading scholars on European integration, this is an updated and expanded edition ofthe book which received much praise when it first came out in 2003.
Table of Contents
List of Graphs
List of Tables
Preface
What Kind of Europe
Taking Stock
The Gap Between Politics and Economics - Or Perception and Realit
Winners and Losers
... and the Rest of the World - Americans and Others
The Main Challenges Ahead
Economic Governance and Models of Capitalism
EMU: A Unifying Factor
Extending Pax Europa
Conclusions
What is at Stake?
Select Bibliography
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