The European Union Illuminated

Its Nature, Importance and Future

Author: A. El-Agraa

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113753365X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 307

View: 6128

The EU is under stress. Many believe in the euro’s demise because they blame it for the 2008 financial crisis and the unwelcome austerity measures. Many resent the immigrants from the new EU member states, threatening the survival of the Single European Market. Many complain of a ‘Brussels diktat’, seeking an escape from joint EU decisions. Several member states want to unilaterally deal with the enhanced competition from the emerging markets, especially China, undermining the EU’s ‘common commercial policy’, run by a single EU commissioner. And many in the UK want its exit from the EU, diluting EU unity and reducing its global influence. These concerns are either misguided or require a stronger EU to deal with them – this book aims to address these issues by considering the nature, importance and future of the European Union.

International Relations and the European Union

Author: Christopher Hill,Michael Smith,Sophie Vanhoonacker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198737327

Category: Political Science

Page: 584

View: 385

[International Relations and the European Union] takes a unique approach by incorporating the study of the EU's world role into the wider field of international relations. As the most comprehensive introduction to the EU's international relations written by leading experts in the field, it is the key text for anyone wishing to understand the EU's role in the contemporary world. Beginning with an examination of theoretical frameworks and approaches, the book goes on to address the institutions and processes that surround the EU's international relations. Key policy areas, such as security and trade, are outlined in detail, alongside the EU's relations with specific countries, including the United States, China, India, and Russia. Updates for the third edition include expanded discussions of three key perspectives to provide a rounded picture of the EU's place in the international system: as a sub-system of international relations, as part of the process of international relations, and as a power in its own right.

Databases Illuminated

Author: Iona College Catherine M Ricardo,Susan D Urban

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 128405697X


Page: 760

View: 749

Databases Illuminated, Third Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access combines database theory with a practical approach to database design and implementation. Strong pedagogical features, including accessible language, real-world examples, downloadable code, and engaging hands-on projects and lab exercises create a text with a unique combination of theory and student-oriented activities. Providing an integrated, modern approach to databases, Databases Illuminated, Third Edition is the essential text for students in this expanding field.

Network Cabling Illuminated

Author: Robert Shimonski,Richard T. Steiner,Sean M. Sheedy

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 9780763733933

Category: Computers

Page: 510

View: 1140

This book covers all aspects of network and communications cabling, including physical characteristics of the various types of cabling, installation design and implementation guidelines, cabling standards and specifications, software and hardware tools for testing and monitoring installations, and premises wiring. With a heavy focus on developing hands-on skills and including many labs and group exercises for learning reinforcement, the book thoroughly prepares readers for the certification objectives covered in the BICSI, NACSE and ETA exams.

EU Criminal Law and Justice

Author: Maria Fletcher,William C. Gilmore

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1848443889

Category: Law

Page: 256

View: 857

. . . this book fills a significant gap in the English-language literature and must be read by all who seek to understand why profound reflection is needed on the theoretical underpinnings of EU criminal justice. Samuli Miettinen, Journal of Common Market Studies The book contains a number of interesting arguments and comments on the development of EU criminal law. . . the authors efforts to provide a generalist book in this ever-growing, increasingly important and still under-researched field of EU law must be welcomed. Valsamis Mitsilegas, The Edinburgh Law Review Today, EU criminal law and justice constitutes a significant body of law potentially affecting most aspects of criminal justice. This book provides a comprehensive, accessible yet analytically challenging account of the institutional and legal developments in this field to date. It also includes full consideration of the prospective changes to EU criminal law contained in the recent Lisbon Treaty . While, broadly speaking, the authors welcome the objectives of EU criminal law, they call for a profound rethinking of how the good of criminal justice however defined is to be delivered to those living in the EU. At present, despite sometimes commendable initiatives from the institutions responsible, the actual framing and implementation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) suffers from a failure to properly consider the theoretical implications of providing the good of criminal justice at the EU level. Written shortly before the recent entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, EU Criminal Law and Justice comprises a full overview of the key legal developments and debates and includes a user-friendly guide to the institutional changes contained in the Treaty. This timely book will be of interest to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as to legal practitioners and policy makers at national and EU levels.

Explaining Decisions in the European Union

Author: Arne Niemann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139460714

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

View: 4424

Explaining outcomes of decision-making at the European level has occupied scholars since the late 1950s, yet analysts continue to disagree on the most important factors in the process. In this book, Arne Niemann examines the interplay of the supranational, governmental and non-governmental actors involved in EU integration, along with the influence of domestic, supranational and international structures. The book restates and develops neofunctionalism as an approach for explaining decisions in the European Union and assesses the usefulness of the revised neofunctionalist framework on three case studies: the emergence and development of the PHARE programme, the reform of the Common Commercial Policy, and the communitarisation of visa, asylum and immigration policy. Niemann argues that this classic theory can be modified in such a way as to draw on a wider theoretical repertoire and that many micro-level concepts can sensibly be accommodated within his larger neofunctionalist framework.

Religion, Politics and Law in the European Union

Author: Lucian N. Leustean,John T.S. Madeley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317990803

Category: Law

Page: 240

View: 1547

EU enlargement - to countries in Central and Eastern Europe in 2004, the inclusion of Bulgaria and Romania in 2007, and increasing debates on Turkey’s membership - has dramatically transformed the European Union into a multi-religious space. Religious communities are not only shaping identities but are also influential factors in political discourse. This edited volume examines the activities of religious actors in the context of supranational European institutions and the ways in which they have responded to the idea of Europe at local and international levels. By bringing together scholars working in political science, history, law and sociology, this volume analyses key religious factors in contemporary EU architecture, such as the transformation of religious identities, the role of political and religious leaders, EU legislation on religion, and, the activities of religious lobbies. This book was published as a special issue of Religion, State and Society.

Small States Inside and Outside the European Union

Interests and Policies

Author: Laurent Goetschel

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475728328

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

View: 4132

Small States in and outside the European Union offers a broad overview of the small states problematic in Europe. It touches upon definition issues, history, security policy, neutrality, EU institutional aspects and also includes contributors from Central and Eastern European countries. It presents a thorough analysis of different scenarios for EU institutional reform and their repercussions on the influence of small member states. The comparative results are visualized in tables. The work contains several contributions from practitioners who give insight into policy games and issues of national sensitivity not usually covered by purely scholarly publications. The European environment has changed dramatically through the processes of regional integration and rising interdependence. Relations between European states both inside and outside the EU are governed as never before by rules, norms, and fixed procedures. The book investigates the consequences of these developments on the foreign and security policy of small states. Academics and professionals from Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as from the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, elaborate on these issues. Institutional regulations and traditional power politics as well as the foreign and security policy traditions of the states concerned, including the question of neutrality, are investigated. In addition, the book identifies the main interests of small states in today's Europe and offers an overview of different strategies these states apply in the realm of foreign and security policy. The book is interesting for the case studies it offers as well as for the reflections it contains regarding fundamental questions of the essence of statehood in today's Europe.

Governing the European Union

Author: Simon Bromley,Open University

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


Category: Law

Page: 325

View: 6032

Governing the European Union is a completely new introductory text that is ideal for first-time students of the politics and government of the European Union (EU). Each topic is introduced thematically to provide an invaluable and accessible guide to the main issues and debates in the contemporary study of EU politics and governance. This book will enable students to: distinguish between `government' and `governance' in considering what kind of political system characterizes the EU trace the evolution of the EU through its political and legal institutions to its contemporary processes and structures compare and contrast the changing roles of nation states and governance at the EU level examine major policy areas and evaluate new forms of politics and political culture in Europe consider the role of the European legal system, the EU budget and questions of democracy, enlargement and foreign and security policy apply the main theoretical debates surrounding the evolving form and nature of governance in the EU Governing the European Union will be an essential text for all students of the EU and European integration across politics and international studies and European studies.

Ein Haus in Italien


Author: Lisa St Aubin de Terán

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3458795707

Category: Fiction

Page: 295

View: 6040

In Umbrien entdeckt die Autorin das Haus ihrer Träume: einen halbzerfallenen Palazzo am Rand eines kleinen Dorfes. Das Haus ist hohl und löchrig, es fehlen Fußböden und Türen, Abflußrohre und Wasser. Dennoch stürzt sich Lisa unbeirrt mitsamt ihrer britisch-schrulligen Familie, sechs Klavieren und zwanzig Katzen hinein in das Projekt Italien. Die Dorfbewohner wundern sich, die Handwerker sind nicht immer wohlgesonnen, Banken endlos bürokratisch, Träume in jeder Hinsicht extravagant. Der schottische Maler-Ehemann stolziert in Highland-Montur über das Anwesen, um den Fortgang der Bauarbeiten zu inspizieren, während die hübsche Tochter Iseult sämtlichen Jungen im Dorf den Kopf verdreht ...

Global Power Europe - Vol. 2

Policies, Actions and Influence of the EU's External Relations

Author: Astrid Boening,Jan-Frederik Kremer,Aukje van Loon

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642324169

Category: Political Science

Page: 344

View: 2040

This two-volume project provides a multi-sectoral perspective over the EU's external projections from traditional as well as critical theoretical and institutional perspectives, and is supported by numerous case studies covering the whole extent of the EU’s external relations. The aim is to strive to present new approaches as well as detailed background studies in analyzing the EU as a global actor. Volume 1: The first volume “Theoretical and Institutional Approaches to the EU’s External Relations” addresses the EU's overall external post-Lisbon Treaty presence both globally and regionally (e.g. in its "neighborhood"), with a special emphasis on the EU’s institutional framework. It also offers fresh and innovative theoretical approaches to understanding the EU’s international position. - With a preface by Alvaro de Vasoncelos (former Director European Union Institute for Security Studies) Volume 2: The second volume “Policies, Actions and Influence of the EU’s External Relations”, examines in both quantitative and qualitative contributions the EU's international efficacy from a political, economic and social perspective based on a plethora of its engagements.

Critical Legal Perspectives on Global Governance

Liber Amicorum David M Trubek

Author: Gráinne de Búrca,Claire Kilpatrick,Joanne Scott

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1782252878

Category: Law

Page: 482

View: 5785

This book of essays, written in honour of Professor David Trubek, explores many of the themes which he has himself written about, most notably the emergence of a global critical discourse on law and its application to global governance. As law becomes ever more implicated in global governance and as processes related to and driven by globalisation transform legal systems at all levels, it is important that critical traditions in law adapt to the changing legal order and problématique. The book brings together critical scholars from the EU, and North and South America to explore the forms of law that are emerging in the global governance context, the processes and legal roles that have developed, and the critical discourses that have been formed. By looking at critical appraisals of law at the global, regional and national level, the links among them, and the normative implications of critical discourses, the book aims to show the complexity of law in today's world and demonstrate the value of critical legal thought for our understanding of issues of contemporary governance and regulation. Scholars from many countries contribute critical studies of global and regional institutions, explore the governance of labour and development policy in depth, and discuss the changing role of lawyers in global regulatory space.

The Precautionary Principle in EU Risk Regulation: A Matter of Priorities

Author: Barbara Berthoud

Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)

ISBN: 3954892200

Category: Political Science

Page: 88

View: 881

The precautionary principle provides a justification to act where scientific uncertainty about the nature and extent of detected indications of harm would otherwise possibly impede regulatory interventions. The highly controversial and often misunderstood principle plays a central role in European risk regulation. The present volume should allow readers to gain an overview of all essential points linked with the role of the principle in the risk regulation framework of the European Union. Based on an outline of the precautionary principle’s main characteristics and its conception by the European Commission, common allegations brought against the principle are illuminated and critically assessed. The second part of the book is then devoted to the actual implementation of the principle in the EU – from early applications to ongoing disputes. Three case studies from the agrochemical, pharmaceutical and food packaging sector reflect current applications as well as the relevant institutional and procedural framework. Insights from the theoretical part and the case studies are melted in the final discussion section that also includes recommendations for EU risk regulators.

European Union Negotiations

Processes, Networks and Institutions

Author: Ole Elgström,Christer Jönsson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134296215

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 7697

The EU policy process is dependent on negotiations as a mode of reaching agreements on, and implementing, common policies. The EU negotiations differ from traditional international negotiations in several respects and this book presents a detailed analysis of the processes while examining their distinguishing features. The authors explore the variety of negotiation processes, the continuity and institutionalization of negotiation processes as well as the involvement of a variety of actors besides governments, often linked in informal networks. Going beyond the common distinctions based on issue-areas or the EU as negotiation arena as opposed to negotiating actor externally, the authors explore the impact of different stages in the policy process and the nature of the external negotiating partner.