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Governance and Politics in the Post-Crisis European Union

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The European Union of today cannot be studied as it once was. This original new textbook provides a much-needed update on how the EU's policies and institutions have changed in light of the multiple crises and transformations since 2010. An international team of leading scholars offer systematic accounts on the EU's institutional regime, policies, and its community of people and states. Each chapter is structured to explain the relevant historical developments and institutional framework, presenting the key actors, the current controversies and discussing a paradigmatic case study. Each chapter also provides ideas for group discussions and individual research topics. Moving away from the typical, neutral account of the functioning of the EU, this textbook will stimulate readers' critical thinking towards the EU as it is today. It will serve as a core text for undergraduate and graduate students of politics and European studies taking courses on the politics of the EU, and those taking courses in comparative politics and international organizations including the EU.
This textbook offers an up to date account of what has changed in the EU since the 2008-2010 crisis, comprising of chapters provided by leading international scholars conducting cutting-edge research on each topic at stake
Each chapter presents a specific case study to illustrate the topic at stake, with a critical discussion of the benefits but also problematic implications of European integration
Each chapter includes boxes detailing key dates, key concepts, key actors, and the relevant legal basis
Each chapter offers questions which can be used for student debates and topics for further individual research
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Ramona Coman is Associate Professor and President of the Institute for European Studies at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Her research focuses on EU's rule of law promotion and judicial reforms in Central and Eastern Europe. She coordinates the Jean Monnet Module 'Rule of law and Mutual Trust in Global and European Governance”.

Amandine Crespy is Associate Professor at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges). Her research about social mobilisation, marketization and socio-economic governance in the EU has been published in numerous journals and three monographs.

Vivien Schmidt is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. Her research focuses on European political economy, institutions, and democracy. In 2019 she was awarded the European Union Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award.


1. The European Union as a political regime, a set of policies and a community after the crisis: an overview Ramona Coman, Amandine Crespy and Vivien Schmidt
Part I. The EU's political regime:
2. European regional integration from the 20th to the 21st century Kiran Klaus Patel
3. Institutions and decision-making in the European Union Sergio Fabbrini
4. Regulatory networks and policy communities Jacob Hasselbalch and Eleni Tsingou
5. Old and new concepts of EU governance: intergovernmentalism, supranationalism, and parliamentarism Vivien A. Schmidt
Part II. Key policy areas in flux:
6. Cohesion and the EU budget: is conditionality undermining solidarity? John Bachtler and Carlos Mendez
7. Agriculture and environment: greening or greenwashing? Gerry Alons
8. The internal market: increasingly differentiated? Michelle Egan
9. The European Monetary Union: how did the Euro area get a lender of last resort? Cornel Ban
10. Social policy: is the EU doing enough to tackle inequalities? Amandine Crespy
11: Labour markets and mobility: how to reconcile competitiveness and social justice László Andor
12: Managing the refugee crisis: a divided and restrictive Europe? Sarah Wolff
13: Security in the Schengen Area: limiting rights and freedoms? Julien Jeandesboz
14: Trade policy: which gains for which losses? Ferdi De Ville
15. Global tax governance: is the EU promoting tax justice? Rasmus Corlin Christensen and Len Seabrooke
16. The common security and defence policy in transition: towards 'strategic autonomy'? Jolyon Howorth
Part III: Existential debates:
17. North and south, east and west: is it possible to bridge the gap? Kristin Makszin, Gergő Medve-Bálint and Dorothee Bohle
18. Democracy and the rule of law: how can the EU uphold its common values? Ramona Coman
19. Democracy and disintegration: does the state of democracy in the EU put the integrity of the Union at risk? Joseph Lacey and Kalypso Nicolaïdis


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