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Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology

Policy Design in the European Union

An Empire of Shopkeepers in the Making?

Editors: Heiskala, Risto, Aro, Jari (Eds.)

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  • Explores in detail the formation of EU policies in a variety of policy sectorsProposes a sociological approach to European integrationDeals comprehensively with several empirical manifestations of the emerging empire structure of the EU

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About this book

This edited collection addresses a paradox at the heart of the European Union: if it is a constantly enlarging empire of governance, how can almost thirty member states design policies as an administrative whole, whilst narrowly approaching all political issues from one economic point of view? The contributors to this collection approach this by studying knowledge production, policy formation and policy implementation in the union. The topics covered include the history of the union, its nature as an empire in the making compared to historical successors as well as current USA and China, formation of union level statistical data and policy documents, paradoxes of fiscal governance, social innovation policy, youth and education policy, energy policy and foreign policy with particular regard to Russia. The concluding chapter outlines five alternative future scenarios for the union extending from collapse and marginalization to the emergence of a federal empire.

The book is essential reading for anybody interested in the EU, including students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, political science, international relations, economics, management studies, public and social policy, science and technology studies, and environmental policy. 

About the authors

Risto Heiskala is Professor and Director of the Institute for Advanced Social Research at the University of Tampere, Finland.

Jari Aro is University Researcher at the University of Tampere, Finland.  

 

Reviews

“Policy Design in the European Union – An Empire of Shopkeepers in the Making? offers a stimulating approach to analyse the EU as a supranational organisation, and its structures, processes, values and basic principles, differently. … aims of each chapter are well defined, their methodological approach is always comprehensible and the language used is straightforward, which all result in a better understanding of the highly complex design of the EU and enable the reader to ‘study the facts … .” (Peter Alsen, Acta Sociologica, Vol. 62 (3), 2019)
“The volume does offer interesting, novel and intellectually stimulating insights to governance in a wide range of policy areas. Moreover, the editors’ empire perspective is thought-provoking, while many if not all of the chapters can be read as stand-alone texts, which makes the volume also an interesting source for scholars and practitioners interested only in particular policy areas.” (Timo Weishaupt, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, Vol. 6 (2), 2019)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • The EU: A Deepening, Enlarging or Collapsing Union?

    Pages 1-12

    Heiskala, Risto (et al.)

  • The Emergence of the European Union as a Very Incoherent Empire

    Pages 13-48

    Heiskala, Risto

  • An Extending Empire of Governance: The EU in Comparison to Empires Past and Present

    Pages 49-66

    Imre, Robert

  • A Promoter of Values or a Shopkeepers’ Empire? Economy and Society in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Trade Policy of the EU

    Pages 67-86

    Aro, Jari (et al.)

  • Eurostat: Making Europe Commensurate and Comparable

    Pages 87-110

    Alastalo, Marja

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-64848-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-87886-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Policy Design in the European Union
Book Subtitle
An Empire of Shopkeepers in the Making?
Editors
  • Risto Heiskala
  • Jari Aro
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64849-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64849-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64848-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87886-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 357
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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