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Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies


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The primary objective of the new Contemporary European Studies series is to provide a research outlet for scholars of European Studies from all disciplines. The series publishes important scholarly works and aims to forge for itself an international reputation.

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European Integration and Transformation in the Western Balkans: Europeanization or Business as Usual?

European Integration and Transformation in the Western Balkans: Europeanization or Business as Usual?

1st Edition

Arolda Elbasani
September 12, 2014

The book investigates the scope and limitations of the transformative power of EU enlargement in the Western Balkans. The extension of EU enlargement policy to the region has generated high expectations that enlargement will regulate democratic institution-building and foster reform, much as it did...

European Union Intergovernmental Conferences: Domestic preference formation, transgovernmental networks and the dynamics of compromise

European Union Intergovernmental Conferences: Domestic preference formation, transgovernmental networks and the dynamics of compromise

1st Edition

Paul W. Thurner, Franz Urban Pappi
October 19, 2013

This book provides a detailed examination of the complex negotiation processes surrounding intergovernmental conferences in the European Union. Since the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997) and its ‘appendix’, the Treaty of Nice in 2002, any reform of the constitutional framework of the European Union...

Minority Nationalist Parties and European Integration: A comparative study

Minority Nationalist Parties and European Integration: A comparative study

1st Edition

Anwen Elias
September 13, 2013

Different survey-based and case study research has shown that, since the 1980s, minority nationalist parties have become increasingly supportive of European integration. However, this account of minority nationalist party attitudes towards Europe is problematic in several respects. This book makes...

The Political Economy of State-Business Relations in Europe: Interest Mediation, Capitalism and EU Policy Making

The Political Economy of State-Business Relations in Europe: Interest Mediation, Capitalism and EU Policy Making

1st Edition

Rainer Eising
April 15, 2013

The delegation of policy-competencies to the European Union has changed the context in which national actors form their interests and represent them. Shaping European markets and societies, EU regulation has important effects in the member states. This book analyses how business interest...

The European Union as a Leader in International Climate Change Politics

The European Union as a Leader in International Climate Change Politics

1st Edition

Rüdiger Wurzel, James Connelly
May 30, 2012

Climate change poses one of the biggest challenges facing humankind. The European Union (EU) has developed into a leader in international climate change politics although it was originally set up as a ‘leaderless Europe’ in which decision-making powers are spread amongst EU institutional, member...

The European Union and International Development: The Politics of Foreign Aid

The European Union and International Development: The Politics of Foreign Aid

1st Edition

Maurizio Carbone
February 02, 2011

The European Union is a leading actor in international development, providing more than half of the world’s foreign aid, but also a unique case, combining the characteristics of a bilateral and a multilateral donor. Despite the general acknowledgment that policy coordination substantially improves...

The European Union and the Asia-Pacific: Media, Public and Elite Perceptions of the EU

The European Union and the Asia-Pacific: Media, Public and Elite Perceptions of the EU

1st Edition

Natalia Chaban, Martin Holland
February 02, 2011

A central problem for the European Union is said to be that of the "politics of identity". Within this, the concept of the EU’s international identity requires exploration in terms of how it is both constructed and represented globally. To address this issue, this book identifies measures and...

The History of the European Union: Origins of a Trans- and Supranational Polity 1950-72

The History of the European Union: Origins of a Trans- and Supranational Polity 1950-72

1st Edition

Wolfram Kaiser, Brigitte Leucht, Morten Rasmussen
February 02, 2011

This book radically re-conceptualises the origins of the European Union as a trans- and supranational polity as it emerged between the Schuman Plan of May 1950 and the first enlargement of the European Communities at the start of 1973. Drawing upon social science theories and debates as well as...

Diversity in Europe: Dilemnas of differential treatment in theory and practice

Diversity in Europe: Dilemnas of differential treatment in theory and practice

1st Edition

Gideon Calder, Emanuela Ceva
November 26, 2010

From bans on religious symbols in public spaces, to the provision of abortion by doctors, recent cases across Europe have highlighted acute dilemmas about how best to respond to the claims of individuals or groups feeling that their values or beliefs are not treated fairly by the law. Diversity in...

Central Banking Governance in the European Union: A Comparative Analysis

Central Banking Governance in the European Union: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

Lucia Quaglia
June 04, 2010

This book fills a gap in academic literature on the politics and public policy aspects of central banking in Europe, by conducting a theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded analysis of central banking governance before and after the establishment of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)....

European Governmentality: The Liberal Drift of Multilevel Governance

European Governmentality: The Liberal Drift of Multilevel Governance

1st Edition

Richard Münch
June 03, 2010

This book contributes to the literature on the change of governance in the context of its European multilevel organization. The integration of Europe is a process of fundamental social change: a process of constructing a European society and of deconstructing the national societies. Münch...

International Actors, Democratization and the Rule of Law: Anchoring Democracy?

International Actors, Democratization and the Rule of Law: Anchoring Democracy?

1st Edition

Amichai Magen, Leonardo Morlino
April 15, 2009

Do external factors facilitate or hamper domestic democratic development? Do international actors influence the development of greater civil and political freedom, democratic accountability, equality, responsiveness and the rule of law in domestic systems? How should we conceptualize, identify and...

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