Representing Europeans: A Pragmatic Approach

Paperback | November 29, 2015

byRichard Rose

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Representing Europeans takes a fresh and quizzical look at the problems facing the European Union. Bringing decades of experience to bear on the deep, structural problems currently facing the EU, Richard Rose spells out why it can no longer carry on with integration by stealth. Extraordinarychallenges - such as saving the Eurozone and maintaining the free movement of peoples DL now impose high-profile economic and political costs. These create huge political strains which EU institutions struggle to cope with. Rose shows the ways in which Europe's institutions do and do not representits citizens, sometimes equally and sometimes unequally. This threatens worse crises of EU authority because people retain the power as national citizens to protest against their government making commitments in Brussels that they do not accept. The book's pragmatic approach rejects the assumptionthat more European integration is the solution for all of Europes problems. Likewise, it rejects UK withdrawal from the European Union because Britain cannot stop the world and get off. Instead, it suggests a pragmatic approach that asks about proposals emanating from Brussels: What problem does itaddress? How will this policy work? What are its visible costs and benefits? Instead of "one size fits all" policies being imposed on 27 diverse countries, Rose recommends that enhanced European cooperation should be based on coalitions of the willing. Moreover, the active use of pan-Europeanreferendums on major reforms can test popular commitment to EU treaties that permanently advance European integration. Both European federalists and diehard Eurosceptics will alternately agree and disagree with the argument of this book. But they cannot ignore the challenge it raises to pay moreattention to the concerns of the half a billion Europeans whom they claim to represent. The paperback edition contains a substantial new Preface.

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Representing Europeans takes a fresh and quizzical look at the problems facing the European Union. Bringing decades of experience to bear on the deep, structural problems currently facing the EU, Richard Rose spells out why it can no longer carry on with integration by stealth. Extraordinarychallenges - such as saving the Eurozone and...

Richard Rose has lectured in 25 of the 27 member states of the European Union. He is Director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and part-time Professor at the European University Institute, Florence. Scholarly publications have earned him major scholarly honours from European and Ame...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.41 inPublished:November 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The End of Integration by Stealth1. The EU System: Accountable up to a Point2. Forging an Ever Closer Union3. A Union of Diverse Peoples4. Citizenship Lite5. The Fear of Referendums6. Unequal Representation in the EP7. European Parties: Integration Before Representation8. Interdependence: How Policy Changes Politics9. The Future of Europe: An Ever Closer Union?

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"This provocative effort convincingly argues that the European Union has effectively reached its limit as a functioning multinational organization. This volume contains a wealth of data presented in clear graphic format ... Highly recommended." --S. Majstorovic, Choice Magazine