The bestselling Penguin Companion to European Union explains the ideas, institutions, personalities and policies that have shaped politics at European level since the Second World War. Its interlocking A to Z entries provide clear, definitive and accessible accounts of the history, role, powers and decision-making processes of the European Union - and other international organizations, such the Council of Europe and NATO - as well as the national and international political contexts in which they operate. In this completely new fourth edition, Anthony Teasdale has updated the whole text and added a series of entries on key developments in recent years - including the drafting and aborted ratification of the European Constitution, the new power balance defined by the Lisbon Treaty, and the politics and economics of the eurozone debt crisis.
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Anthony Teasdale has worked as a political adviser and civil servant both in London and Brussels. He was Special Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and HM Treasury during the Thatcher and Major governments, and has served in the secretariat of both the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. Mr Teasdale has also been Gwilym Gibbon research fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, and Lecturer in Politics at Corpus Christi and Magdalen Colleges, Oxford. He writes and speaks widely on European political and institutional issues. He was co-author with Timothy Bainbridge of the first edition of the Penguin Companion to European Union (1995), a role he resumes for the fourth edition of the book, to be published by Penguin Books in July 2012. Timothy Bainbridge worked as a political adviser in the European Parliament from 1974 to 1999. He died in 2004.Review:
I recommend this book to anyone wanting a comprehensive, well-balanced and well-informed account of today's Europe -- Chris Patten Teasdale and Bainbridge provide the best single guide to today's EU -- Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council Everyone, whether Europhile or Eurosceptic, should read this book -- Professor Vernon Bogdanor A sparkling addition to the sea of Euro-literature. ... There is much to surprise and amuse, as well as inform Financial Times
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