The European Union: Economy, Society, and Polity

Paperback | January 1, 2002

byAndres Rodriguez-pose

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At the beginning of the 21st century the European Union faces twin challenges: the institutional challenge, linked to the processes of greater integration and expansion, and the structural challenge, which will in the medium-run determine the place of the EU in the world. This textbook dealswith this latter set of challenges, focusing on economic aspects, such as competitiveness and cohesion, as well as on other important issues such as ageing, migration, social polarization, and the emergence of regionalism and nationalism.

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At the beginning of the 21st century the European Union faces twin challenges: the institutional challenge, linked to the processes of greater integration and expansion, and the structural challenge, which will in the medium-run determine the place of the EU in the world. This textbook dealswith this latter set of challenges, focusing ...

Andres Rodriguez-Pose is Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography and Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder at the London School of Economics and Political Science

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.46 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198742869

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Part I: ECONOMY1. CompetitivenessIntroductionThe stages of economic integrationEconomic integration as a means to achieve competitivenessThe impact of economic integrationConclusion2. CohesionIntroductionNational and regional disparitites in the EUEuropean development policiesThe efficiency of European development policies after the reform of the Structural FundsConclusionPart II: SOCIETY3. AgeingIntroductionDemographic change in the EUThe factors behind ageingPolicies aimed at tackling demographic changeConclusion4. Migration and xenophobiaIntroductionMigration and its formsMass migration in post-war EuropeThe renewal of migration in the 1990sThe European response to migrationConclusion5. Unemployment and social polarizationIntroductionEmployment change in the post-industrial ageThe roots of persistently high unemploymentThe impact of labour market flexibility on unemploymentConclusionPart III: POLITY6. EnlargementIntroductionChange in central and eastern EuropeThe different transitions in central and eastern EuropeEnlargement and European integrationConclusion7. Regionalism and regionalizationIntroductionRegional devolution in EuropeThe transfer of power from the nation state to the regionsThe roots of the regionalization processTowards a 'Europe of the Regions'?Conclusion

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'The crisp writing is rich in data, and both novices and experts on the EU are likely to find great benefit in having this systematic material so easily to hand'. Environment and Planning 2003