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.
What is the nature of the modern state? How did it come into being and what are the characteristics of this distinctive field of power that has come to play such a central role in the shaping of all spheres of social, political and economic life? These are the questions addressed by Pierre Bourdieu in ‘On the State’, which […]
This book addresses two episodes from the sixteenth century which shaped the relationship between Europe and the civilisations of China and Mexico. James B. Cuffe writes that while the text is at times a little difficult to read, the book nevertheless offers a highly rewarding account of both European colonialism, and the histories of Central America and China.
In this short book, Claus Offe argues that the EU is essentially dealing with a ‘crisis of agency’ in how it has sought to address the Eurozone crisis. Anamaria Dutceac Segesten writes that the book engages the reader in a provocative but much needed argument which calls for more, not less, political debate in the EU.
Europe Entrapped. Claus […]
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. […]