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Germany and the European Union

Europe's Reluctant Hegemon?


Red Globe Press

Pages: 280

The European Union Series


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Paperback - 9780333645437

08 November 2018


Hardcover - 9780333645413

15 October 2017


Ebook - 9781137404480

11 January 2019


Ebook - 9781137404503

08 November 2018


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***Winner of the UACES Best Book Prize 2020***
The jury commented 'It is impossible to study or understand European integration without understanding Germany’s role and place in this. This book is therefore a...

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***Winner of the UACES Best Book Prize 2020***The jury commented 'It is impossible to study or understand European integration without understanding Germany’s role and place in this. This book is therefore a must-read'.
This new textbook offers a path-breaking interpretation of the role of the European Union’s most important member state: Germany. Analyzing Germany’s domestic politics, European policy, relations with partners, and the resultant expressions of power within the EU, the text addresses such key questions as whether Germany is becoming Europe’s hegemon, and if Berlin’s European policy is being constrained by its internal politics. The authors – both leading scholars in the field – situate these questions in their historical context and bring the subject up to date by considering the centrality of Germany to the liberal order of the EU over the last turbulent decade in relation to events including the Eurozone crisis and the 2017 German federal election. This is the first comprehensive and accessible guide to a fascinating relationship that considers both the German impact on the EU and the EU’s impact on Germany. This book is the ideal companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students who are studying the European Union or German Politics from the perspectives of disciplines as wide ranging as Politics, European Union Studies, Area Studies, Economics, Business and History. It is also an essential resource for all those studying or practicing EU policy-making and communication.

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  • A comprehensive and up-to-date study of the European policy of the EU's most influential state.
  • Written by two internationally-renowned experts on the politics of Germany and the EU.
  • Covers the history, politics, and political economy of Germany and the EU.
  • Includes two detailed case studies on monetary policy (the Eurozone crisis) and foreign policy (the Ukraine crisis).
  • Examines the European Union's responses to sustained crises in the context of German domestic politics.

Introduction: Analysing Germany and the EU
Chapter 1: Germany and European Integration: Before Reluctant Hegemony.- Chapter 2: Sources of Germany’s European Power.- Chapter 3: German institutions and EU Policy-Making: constraints or enforcers?.- Chapter 4: German Political Actors and European Policy: a new politicisation?.- Chapter 5: German European Policy in the Twenty-First Century
Chapter 6: Monetary policy and the eurozone crisis: the emergence of German hegemony?.- Chapter 7: From Political Dwarf to Potential Hegemon? German Foreign Policy in Transition
Authoritative, comprehensive, accessible and compelling, this timely book is written by the world's two leading experts on this subject. A must-read for all students of Germany and Europe. – Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University, USA
Authoritative and comprehensive, this book is a must for anyone seriously interested in Germany’s place and role in the European Union, yesterday, today and tomorrow. What makes their assessment particularly valuable is the unique combination of long experience with and profound knowledge of Germany, and the detached, sober and pragmatic perspective the authors bring to their topic as eminent British social scientists. – Hanns W. Maull, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany, and Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe Bologna Center, Italy
This book is a major, timely and fascinating study of a central issue in European integration: German power, an issue that will continue to overshadow discussions about institutional and policy development. It offers a masterly analysis of the role of German institutions and political actors, of how these have changed over time, and of the present and future difficulties in which Germany finds itself and to which it has itself contributed. The book is notable for its sober, nuanced and balanced assessment of Germany's position in the EU and the record of its chancellors. It is essential reading for all students of European integration and especially for those working on Germany. – Kenneth Dyson, Cardiff University, UK
The authors provide a timely and indispensable contribution to the literature and to the beginning of an assessment of where Germany is headed in its most important policy area, Europe. – Stephen Szabo, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), USA
Germany and the European Union offers a reminder that no country is more crucial to the EU’s future than Germany. This is the most up-to-date and reliable book on how domestic German politics, law and culture shape Berlin’s approach to the EU. – Tony Barber, European Affairs Commentator, Financial Times
This book is first-class and it should be read by those interested in the development of the EU and role of Federal Republic of Germany within it. – Ross Campbell, University of the West of Scotland, UK
'This timely volume, written by two leading scholars of Germany and European integration, is a must-read for those interested in the future of the EU and Germany’s place in that complex polity.' – Brigid Laffan, European University Institute, Italy
A timely and thought-provoking analysis of Germany's relationship with the EU. This insightful new book provides the reader with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary Germany's role in Europe. – Ruth Wittlinger, Durham University, UK
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SIMON BULMER is Professor of European Politics, University of Sheffield.

WILLIAM E PATERSON is Honorary Professor of German and European Politics, Aston University.

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SIMON BULMER is Professor of European Politics, University of Sheffield.

WILLIAM E PATERSON is Honorary Professor of German and European Politics, Aston University.

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