An Awkward Partner: Britain in the European Community

Paperback | April 1, 1998

byStephen George

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This is the third edition of an established textbook on Britain's role in the European Community. Britain joined the EC in 1973, over twenty years after the first of the European Communities was formed. Within a year, she had established a reputation for being at odds with major Communityinitiatives and for taking an independent point of view.This reputation was consolidated over the next twenty-four years. In An Awkward Partner Stephen George surveys the policies that earned Britain this reputation, recording the role successive British governments have played in the European Community. He stresses the influence both of external circumstances and domestic political considerations in shaping thesepolicies and analyses some of the underlying political reasons for Britain's perceived awkwardness. The first edition was the first book-length survey to appear in English of British policy toward the European Community, and rapidly became established as the leading book in the field for students. In this third edition, Stephen George brings his analysis up to date, taking the story of the MajorGovernment through to its end in the 1997 general election. This new edition will continue to be invaluable to students taking courses on the European Community, comparative European politics, and public policy.

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This is the third edition of an established textbook on Britain's role in the European Community. Britain joined the EC in 1973, over twenty years after the first of the European Communities was formed. Within a year, she had established a reputation for being at odds with major Communityinitiatives and for taking an independent point...

Stephen George is at University of Sheffield.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198782233

ISBN - 13:9780198782230

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Background: Britain and Europe, 1945-19732. The Heath Government, 1970-19743. The Wilson Governments, 1974-19764. The Callaghan Government, 1967-19795. The Thatcher Governments, 1979-1984: Settling the Budgetary Dispute6. The Thatcher Governments after 1984: New Directions for the Community7. The Last Years of Thatcher Governments, 1989-19908. The Major Governments9. Conclusion: Still Awkward after all this Time?

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`A good historicl analysis which makes a contribution to various social policy and politics units.'G Gillespie, University of Lincoln