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Palgrave Macmillan

Why Europe Matters

The Case for the European Union

ISBN 9781137016874
Publication Date July 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Critics like to depict the European Union as undemocratic and unpopular, but their arguments are too often based on myths and misunderstandings. This does us all a disservice, and in this period of uncertainty about the future of Europe it is more important than ever that we have a firm grasp of the issues at stake.

This powerful new book debunks the misconceptions surrounding the EU and makes a compelling and comprehensive case for the benefits of European integration. It shows how the EU has improved the lives of Europeans in countless ways, and how it has given Europe a powerful presence on the international stage. Guaranteed to illuminate as well as spark debate, this book will appeal to anyone who seeks to better understand what Europe means and why it matters.

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA. He originally trained in journalism and worked for eight years in the information departments of two London-based environmental interest groups before becoming an academic since when he has published a wide range of books on the EU and other subjects including Understanding European Integration (now in its 5th edition), The European Union, The European Superpower and Contemporary Britain.

1. Introduction
2. What is Europe?
3. Europe as a Peacemaker
4. Europe as a Marketplace
5. Europe as a Democracy
6. Europe as a Community
7. Europe as a Model
8. Europe as a Global Player
9. Where To From Here?
10. Twenty Reasons Why Europe Matters


'A stark challenge to sceptics and critics.' - Jacques Delors, Former President of the European Commission
'This book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive look at the EU foreign policy, by presenting its history, development, actors, institutions, infrastructures, policy-making structures, scope of competence, cooperation ranges as well as challenges and limits ... a good starting point for those who seek pro-integration arguments' - European Union Foreign Affairs Journal
'McCormick's clear, concrete exposition of the unique importance of the EU to all its member states and citizens will inform and enlighten Euro enthusiasts and sceptics alike - and could not have been more timely for the new debate about Britain's role in a changing Union.' - John Palmer, formerly European editor of the Guardian and founder political director of the European Policy Centre
'[A] clear, concise and enlightening account of European integration… [it] may even succeed in encouraging some Eurosceptics to examine Europe from a different perspective.' - Political Studies Review 'A must read for citizens, professionals, students and policy-makers alike by one of the most respected authorities on European Affairs.' - Alexander Stubb, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Finland
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