In this section you can read reviews of academic books covering Europe and the European neighbourhood. Each weekend we publish two reviews, aiming to cover a wide range of books on all aspects of public policy and politics.
The Making of Eurosceptic Britain charts the rise of Euroscepticism in the UK. Harry Evans writes that despite the original edition only covering material up until 2008, this updated edition of the book remains coherent in the face of the substantial changes which have occurred since.
The Making of Eurosceptic Britain. Second Edition. Chris Gifford. Ashgate. 2014.
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Book Review: The European Council and the Council: New Intergovernmentalism and Institutional Change by Uwe Puetter
Has European integration become more intergovernmental in nature, with increasing emphasis placed on the decisions of national government ministers in the European Council and the Council of the European Union? In this book, Uwe Puetter offers a detailed account of European Council and Council decision-making from the late 1990s until the years after the Lisbon Treaty came into force. […]
In this book, Mark Corner looks to provide an introduction to the history and modern workings of the EU. Ioannis Papagaryfallou writes that while the book offers a good starting point for understanding the activity of the EU and its institutions, it is strangely silent on some of the most important challenges facing Europe today.
The European Union: An Introduction. […]
Book Review: Which Policy for Europe? Power and Conflict Inside the European Commission by Miriam Hartlapp, Julia Metz, and Christian Rauh
This book is based on comprehensive new data from insider interviews, internal Commission documents, and a database of personal and structural Commission features. It aims to uncover the dynamics of policymaking within the Commission, and the internal negotiations which shape Commission decisions. Muireann O’Dwyer finds the book to be a rigorous and timely contribution to research on the Commission’s […]
Book Review: The Power to Dismiss: Trade Unions and the Regulation of Job Security in Western Europe by Patrick Emmenegger
In this book, Patrick Emmenegger offers a comparative account of the development of employment protection in eight Western European countries. Elisa Pannini writes that the book’s detailed analysis of developments in each state makes a notable contribution which will be of interest to both students and scholars of European labour markets.
The Power to Dismiss: Trade Unions and the Regulation […]
Book Review: Reporting the EU: News, Media and the European Institutions by John Lloyd and Cristina Marconi
Based on extensive interviews with EU correspondents, editors, and public relations executives, this book aims to reveal how the EU’s institutions are covered by the media. Ruth Garland writes that the authors provide a vivid picture of the EU from the point of view of the reporters trying to cover it.
Reporting the EU: News, Media and the European Institutions. […]