Design for a New Europe (Hardback)
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Design for a New Europe (Hardback)

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Hardback 300 Pages / Published: 27/04/2006
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How did the process of European integration break down; how can it be repaired? In European Integration, 1950-2003, John Gillingham reviewed the history of the European project and predicted the rejection of the European constitution. Now the world's leading expert on the EU maps out a route to save the Union. The four chapters of this penetrating, fiercely-argued and often witty book subject today's dysfunctional European Union to critical scrutiny in an attempt to show how it is stunting economic growth, sapping the vitality of national governments, and undermining competitiveness. It explains how the attempt to revive the EU by turning it into a champion of research and development will backfire and demonstrates how Europe's great experiment in political and economic union can succeed only if the wave of liberal reform now under way in the historically downtrodden east is allowed to sweep away the prosperous and complacent west.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521866941
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


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'This book is a remarkable account of the most recent developments in the European Union. Professor Gillingham rethinks the process of European integration and offers an original prescription on how to reconfigure it. His Design for a New Europe calls for a mandate from the citizens, the return of power to the states, further enlargement, substantial reform of the EU's institutions and policies, and abandonment of the EU's attempt to harmonize laws. This work should be considered in any serious debate about the further course of European integration.' Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic
'At a time when clear thinking about Europe's political and economic future is urgently needed, John Gillingham has provided a convincing diagnosis of the EU's present malaise and a challenging set of prescriptions which deserve to be taken seriously by Euro-philes as much as by Euro-sceptics.' Sir Geoffrey Owen, Senior Fellow, Institute of Management, London School of Economics
'By combining the objectivity of the outsider with his insider's knowledge, Gillingham succeeds in painting a persuasive and compelling portrait of the European Union after the rejection of the Constitutional Treaty. This insightful study brings the major developments in Europe to life and puts them into a global perspective. Design for a New Europe is a lucid, well-written account of what is wrong with the EU and how it can be fixed. It is a must-read for Europhiles and Eurosceptics alike.' Tom Zwart, University of Utrecht School of Law
"This book is a remarkable account of the most recent developments in the European Union. Professor Gillingham rethinks the process of European integration and offers an original prescription on how to reconfigure it. His Design for a New Europe calls for a mandate from the citizens, the return of power to the states, further enlargement, substantial reform of the EU's institutions and policies, and abandonment of the EU's attempt to harmonize laws. This work should be considered in any serious debate about the further course of European integration." Vaclav Klaus, President, The Czech Republic
"At a time when clear thinking about Europe's political and economic future is urgently needed, John Gillingham has provided a convincing diagnosis of the EU's present malaise and a challenging set of prescriptions which deserve to be taken seriously by Europhiles as much as by Eurosceptics. While praising the EU's achievements, not least in promoting and sustaining democracy in previously undemocratic countries, Gillingham condemns the drift towards bureaucratic centralism, which has produced an ever-widening gap between institutions and the people. Moves to slim down the Brussels bureaucracy and to transfer some responsibilities to the member states, he rightly argues, do not imply dismantling the EU, but rather rebuilding it on sounder foundations." Sir Geoffrey Owen, Senior Fellow, Institute of Management, London School of Economics, and former editor of The Financial Times
"By combining the objectivity of the outsider with his insider's knowledge, Gillingham succeeds in painting a persuasive and compelling portrait of the European Union after the rejection of the Constitutional Treaty. This insightful study brings the major developments in Europe to life and puts them into a global perspective. Design for a New Europe is a lucid, well-written account of what is wrong with the EU and how it can be fixed. It is a must-read for Europhiles and Eurosceptics alike." Tom Zwart, University of Utrecht School of Law
"John Gillingham has established himself as one of those very rare commentators who can read European historian in three dimensions. He knows it very well but is never overwhelmed by it: he can appreciate the creativity of 'Old Europe.' Now, he looks at the strange phenomenon, why Europe has stagnated and why it has so much less to offer to the ambitious young than the USA. The reason? Partly institutional, in the sense that the institutions designed to make Europe work in the 1950s now have become a or even the problem - a necklace of skulls. This is a very readable and extremely knowledgeable book." Norman Stone, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
"Highly recommended." -- Choice
"Even readers who disagree with hard-line new-liberalism will find interesting things in this book." - Political Science Quarterly George Ross, Brandeis University
"The book certainly can be seen as a wake-up call. The author has assembled an excellent array of facts and quotations of mismanagement." - Jost DA1/4lffer, Historisches Seminar, UniversitAt zu KAln, H-NET

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