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The SAGE Handbook of European Union Politics

The SAGE Handbook of European Union Politics

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January 2007 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The European Union (EU) poses quite profound questions for scholars and students of the social and political sciences. This benchmark Handbook is designed to:
  • Provide an authoritative state-of-the art guide to the scope of the field suitable for both established scholars and students of the EU
  • Reflect and contribute to the debates about the nature of the field of EU studies and EU politics in particular
  • Explore in detail the development of the many approaches to the study of EU politics
Divided into four sections, the Handbook focuses on theorizing European integration; the EU as polity; politics and policy making in the EU; and the EU and the international system.

Its appeal resides not only in its comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the field, but also in the quality of its contributors, and the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches included. The resulting volume is a 'must have' for all scholars and advanced students of the EU and European integration.

Ben Rosamond
An Intellectual History of EU Studies

Mark A Pollack
Rationalist Approaches to European Integration
Jeffrey Checkel
Constructivist Approaches to European Integration
Ian Manners
Critical Approaches
Alan S Milward, Ramses Wessel, Adrian Favell, Patrick Crowley and David Mayes
Historical, Legal, Economic and Sociological Perspectives on EU Politics
Simon Hix
The EU as a Polity (I)

Markus Jachtenfuchs
The EU as a Polity (II)

Gail McElroy
Legislative Politics
Jonas Tallberg
Executive Politics
Lisa Conant
Judicial Politics
Jeremy Richardson
Organized Interests in the European Union
Tapio Raunio
Political Parties in the European Union
Leonard Ray
Political Communication, Political Socialization, and Public Opinion
Dario Castiglione and Justus Schoenlau
Constitutional Politics
Kalypso Nicolaidis and R. Daniel Kelemen
The EU and Comparative Federalism
Andreas Føllesdal
Political Theory
Philosophy and EU Politics

Helen Wallace and William Wallace
The European Union, Politics, and Policy-Making

Mark Hallerberg
The Study of Fiscal and Monetary Policy
Alasdair Young
The Politics of Regulation and the Internal Market
Ian Bache
The Politics of Redistribution
Andrea Lenschow
Green Politics and Environmental Policy
Elizabeth Prugl
Andrew Geddes
The Politics of EU Domestic Order
(3rd Pillar business)

Martin Rhodes and Manuele Citi
New Forms of Governance in the European Union
Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse
The EU and Domestic Politics
From Implementation to Europeanization

Knud Erik Jørgensen
The Union as a Global Actor

Michael Smith
The Union and International Political Economy
Trade, Aid, and Monetary Policy

Walter Carlsnaes
European Foreign Policy
Alex Warleigh
The `European and Universal Process'?
The EU, Comparative Regionalism and Global Governance


Overall, the Handbook of European Union Politics is a most useful book that can be highly recommended. A strong analytical framework coupled with unparalleled coverage of the major issues of the political science research of the EU makes this volume a formidable tool for teaching and a significant input to new scholarly research. It is both relatively sophisticated and very accessible to graduate students and advanced researchers. The clear writing style and the richness of information presented will certainly make this book interesting for non-academic readers.


Institute for International Relations, Zagreb

Essential book for the course IR. Very detailled and complete information. Can be provided as literature for all papers.

Ms Emilia Mantadakis
Department of Political Science, Maastricht University
March 3, 2016

This book is quite comprehensive source about Eurepean Union. Because, in this book, European integration discussed in a theoretical way. This book is a good reference source for who want to learn about both the EU and EU's policy areas.

Dr Sabrina Kayıkcı
Public Administration, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University
January 21, 2014

Accessible and more varied than some of the other textbooks on the market. I liked the less introductory focus and have recommended it for students with some basic knowledge of the EU, who want to extend their understanding.

Miss Holly Snaith
Department of Politics, Aston University
November 6, 2012

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