The State of the European Union Vol. 7: With US or Against US? European Trends in American…

Paperback | September 4, 2005

EditorNicolas Jabko, Craig Parsons

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Twenty-first-century Europeans are suddenly confronting new choices about their place in the world. The most immediate challenges reflect tensions in the transatlantic partnership - long the keystone of European worldviews. In the Iraqi conflict President Bush posed a blunt general question tothe world: 'Are you with us or against us?', and much of Europe chose the latter. More than at any time since 1945, Europeans are uncertain about the future of transatlantic cooperation. Internal European developments combine with this external shift to create the impression of a continental turningpoint. The fifty-year project of the European Union is entering a new phase. The Single Market program and monetary union realized the most ambitious visions of the EU's founding fathers. Most thinking about further integration is exceedingly vague. Simultaneous EU enlargement to the east (andbeyond to Turkey) may create opportunities to reopen the Union's basic bargains. This book proposes to help students and scholars understand the many trends of change that have brought Europe to these crossroads. Its approach is novel in two ways. First, most similar scholarship either seeks asingle grand theory of European change or implies that European politics is too complex to map change broadly. This book takes a middle-ground position, positing several distinct mechanisms of change and tracing them across policies and institutional settings. Second, it uses the United States as areference point to chart European change. The aim is not comparative - the focus remains on Europe - but the volume maps out EU trends against American policy positions and institutional patterns, thus providing a useful comparative anchor for complex patterns. This is the seventh volume in thebiennial series State of the European Union, launched in 1991, and produced under the auspices of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA).

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Twenty-first-century Europeans are suddenly confronting new choices about their place in the world. The most immediate challenges reflect tensions in the transatlantic partnership - long the keystone of European worldviews. In the Iraqi conflict President Bush posed a blunt general question tothe world: 'Are you with us or against us?'...

Nicholas Jabko is FNSP Reserch Fellow with Sciences Po in Paris. Craig Parsons is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.07 inPublished:September 4, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Nicolas Jabko and Craig Parsons: Why Another Book on Europe - and Why in Reference to the United States?Section 1: External foreign, security, and economic policies2. Jolyon Howorth: A European Union with Teeth?3. Brian Rathbun: Continental Divide? The Transience of Transatlantic Troubles4. C. Randall Henning and Sophie Meunier: United against the United States? The EU's Role in Global Trade and FinanceSection 2: Institutional evolutions5. Renaud Dehousse: 'We the States': Why the Anti-Federalists Won6. Michael Shackleton: Parliamentary Government or Division of Powers: Is the Destination Still Unknown?7. Jeffrey Lewis: Is the Council Becoming an Upper House?8. R. Daniel Kelemen: The Politics of Eurocracy: Building a New European State?Section 3: Europe's Political Economy9. Elliot Posner: Stock Exchange Competition and the Nasdaq Bargain in Europe10. Jonathan Story: Financial Restructuring in the Age of the Euro: Still a Battle of Systems?11. Bruno Palier and Philippe Pochet: Toward a European Social Policy - at Last?12. Justin Greenwood and Alasdair R. Young: EU Interest Representation or US-Style Lobbying?Section 4: Culture, Identity, and EU Decision-Making13. Paulette Kurzer: Transatlantic Risk Perceptions, Public Health, and Environmental Concerns: Coming Together or Drifting Apart?14. Virginie Guiraudon: Drawing the EU's Borders: Immigration Policy15. John A. Scherpereel: The Dynamics of EU Enlargement in American PerspectiveSection 5: The Shape of the EU Polity16. Martin Shapiro: Rights in the European Union: Convergent with the US?17. Chris Ansell and Rebecca Chen: What Lies Beyond a Confederal Europe?18. Vivien A. Schmidt: The EU 'Polity' and the Europeanization of National Polities19. Rogan Kersh and James Morone: The European Union through an American Prism

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Here we find 19 essays written by 25 scholars who examine the different aspects of the EU: its external policies, its institutions, its political economy, its culture and identity, and the effects of its activities on relations between Europe and the United States. The comparisons with the United States are thought provoking and point out not only the sharpened policy and cultural differences of the past few years but also how far the EU remains from being "a true European Nation." This fine volume is like an MRI of a currently sleeping patient. --Foreign Affairs