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Representing EuropeansA Pragmatic Approach$

Richard Rose

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654765

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199654765.001.0001

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(p.159) Further Reading

(p.159) Further Reading

Representing Europeans
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Because the book is addressed to a public policy audience, I assume readers will want fresh thoughts rather than just a recapitulation of what others have written. In any case, in a Europe in flux going over much that was written before enlargement and before the Eurozone turned out to be different than promised does not take into account the current condition of the European Union. Because this book covers a lot of ground, it necessarily draws on a wide range of sources. This note points interested readers to studies that offer more detail and evidence than a short book can provide.

Among textbooks a good place for a beginner to start is Neil Nugent’s Government and Politics of the European Union (7th edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); it provides a clear and detailed exposition of the EU’s institutions and policies and a good index. Policy-Making in the European Union, edited by Helen Wallace, Mark Pollack, and Alasdair Young (6th edition, Oxford University Press, 2010) contains narrative chapters by experts in their respective fields. The Political System of the European Union by Simon Hix and Bjorn Hoyland (3rd edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) has lots of political science concepts and quantitative data, especially about the European Parliament.

Because the problems that this book addresses are the accumulation of decisions taken a half a century ago in different contexts, history provides a foundation for understanding contemporary events. Jean Monnet’s Memoirs (Collins, 1978) gives his account of organizing a replacement for the institutions that had misgoverned him since his birth in 1888. My comparative analysis, What Is Europe? (Harper Collins Longman, 1996) emphasizes the transformation of Europe from a league of undemocratic multi-national empires to a Union of nation-states. Desmond Dinan’s Ever Closer Union (4th edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) is a research-based overview of the development of the EU.

The thematic chapters of Debates about European Integration, edited by Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) provide extracts of important texts. European Integration Theory, edited by Antje Wiener and Thomas Diez (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2009), carefully reviews theories about the European Union and its dynamics. Other overviews of research can be found in Research Agendas in EU Studies: Stalking the Elephant, edited by (p.160) Michelle Egan, Neil Nugent, and William E. Paterson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and Erik Jones, Anand Menon, and Stephen Weatherill, The Oxford Handbook of the European Union (Oxford University Press, 2012).

The European Union system did not exist when the classic literature about representation was written and survey-based literature about representation was founded on a simple American paradigm of voters electing members from single-member Congressional districts. While the European Parliament cannot represent half a billion citizens as well as a national Parliament, its contemporary importance in the EU co-decision system makes it an important institution. The European Parliament by three experienced officials of the Parliament, Richard Corbett, Francis Jacobs, and Michael Shackleton, is clear and informative about how it works (8th edition, John Harper, 2011).

European Societies: Mapping Structure and Change by Steffen Mau and Roland Verwiebe (Policy Press, 2010, and previously in German) is a conceptually clear and quantitatively rich source of information about social, economic, and cultural characteristics of the societies of member states. The yearbook of Eurostat, Europe in Figures (Luxembourg, European Commission, annual), includes discussions of the data as well as many tables.

The starting point on the web for accessing official and abundant information about the European Union is <http://www.europa.eu>. A detailed and up to date guide to the institutions discussed herein can be found at <http://www.europa.eu/institutions-bodies/index_en.htm>. The information is also available in the EU’s other 22 official languages. Recognizing that the vocabulary in everyday use in Brussels has meanings not normally found in the dictionaries of the languages of member states, the EU provides a guide to its own jargon: <http://www.europa.eu/abc/jargon/index_en.htm>. The results of the latest and past Eurobarometer surveys can be found at <http://www.ec.europa.eu/public_opinion>.

Each of the leading journals in the field—the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, European Union Politics, and the Journal of European Union Integration—has a website with full search facilities.

A detailed list of my own and associates’ specialist publications on Europe can be found in my CV and in the Europe section of the website of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy, <http://www.cspp.strath.ac.uk>.