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Politics of European Integration: Political Union or a House Divided? by Andrew Glencross

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5

EU Policy-Making in Action

Major EU Policies

Contents
5.0 Introduction: The EU's Major Policy Areas
5.1 The EU Budget
5.2 The Euro
5.2.1 Preparing for European Monetary Union
5.3 The Single Market
5.3.1 Pursuing deregulation or negative integration
5.3.2 Pursuing re-regulation or positive integration
5.3.3 The single market as a work in progress
5.4 Social and Environmental Policy
5.4.1 EU environmental policy
5.5 Justice and Citizenship
5.5.1 Immigration, border control, and citizenship rights
5.6 Enlargement
5.6.1 Conditions placed on admitting new members
5.7 Concluding Summary
Learning Objectives
  • to analyze the nature and limitations of the EU budget;
  • to evaluate the logic behind Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the rules governing it;
  • to distinguish between negative and positive integration in single market policy;
  • to analyze the functioning of EU regulation in social and environmental policy;
  • to identify the different components of EU policy in the field of justice and citizenship;
  • to evaluate the importance of conditionality in the enlargement process.

5.0 Introduction: The EU's Major Policy Areas

This chapter is concerned with the major policies that characterize the EU as a political system capable of producing and executing binding rules across member states. The latter contribute not just by helping decide upon EU policies and by providing the administrative capacity (civil servants, police, courts) for implementing them. ...

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