Since it was first published in 1995, the best-selling Penguin Companion to European Union has - over three editions - established itself as a key reference-point in the literature of European politics. Through a series of thematic A to Z entries, the Penguin Companion explains the ideas, institutions, personalities and policies that have shaped politics at European level since the second world war.
The book's entries provide definitive and accessible accounts of the history, institutions and decision-making processes of the European Union - and other international organisations, such as NATO, OECD, WEU and the Council of Europe - as well as of the national and international contexts in which European integration has developed over the last six decades.
In the fourth edition - published in September 2012 - all existing entries are up-dated and a series of new entries are added on key developments since the mid-2000s - including the drafting and aborted ratification of the European Constitution, the new institutional power balance defined by the Lisbon Treaty, and the politics and economics of the eurozone debt crisis.
Following the death of Timothy Bainbridge in autumn 2004, Anthony Teasdale became co-author of the book once again, and agreed to take forward successive editions for Penguin.
Anthony Teasdale is co-author of The Penguin Companion to European Union and has worked as a political adviser and civil servant in London and Brussels.Anthony took at a first in PPE and an M. Phil in Politics at Balliol and Nuffield Colleges, Oxford University. He served as Special Adviser to the Foreign Secretary (Sir Geoffrey Howe) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Kenneth Clarke) at HM Treasury, and has worked in the general secretariats of both the EU Council of Ministers (EcoFin Council) and the European Parliament. From 2002 to 2...
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