New book addresses existential issues for the European Union

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Ellen Pirro, lecturer in political science, is the co-author of a new book, The European Union and the Member States. The book, published by Lynne Rienner, was written in collaboration with Eleanor Zeff, Associate Professor of Political Science at Drake University (formerly in Political Science at Iowa State).

The book addresses existential issues for the European Union. Can the European Union survive repeated economic crises? If it survives, will it stay as it is or take on a new form? This new edition of The European Union and the Member States, fully revised and updated, addresses these questions as it explores the complex relationship between the EU and each of its now 28 members.

The country chapters follow a common format, considering: How and in what areas does EU policy affect, and how is it affected by, the member states? What mechanisms do the member states use to implement EU policy? What is each state’s compliance record? Covering the full range of political, economic, and social issues, the authors offer an insightful discussion of the interplay of EU initiatives with strong, existing national policies and traditions.

The book continues Ellen Pirro’s longstanding research agenda in comparative politics and international relations. Pirro consults and travels regularly for the United States Department of State.