Britain in the European Union Today

Third edition

By Duncan Watts and Colin Pilkington

Britain in the European Union Today

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7179-9
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: September 2005
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Politics & government, United Kingdom, Great Britain, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, Politics & government, Politics
  • Series: Politics Today


Duncan Watts, the author of three previous books on the European Union and Britain's relationship with it, has produced a new account of this 'uneasy partnership'. This edition is based on the original by Colin Pilkington and provides a review of how European Unity has been handled by British governments and politics. The contents has been updated to include all new developments including the proposed new consititution and the euro-elections of 2004. Additional material aslo considers the role of pressure groups within the Union and the approach adopted by British Lobbyists.

As an up-to-date edition of a well established text, this book will be essential reading for students and teachers interested in the relationship between Britain and Europe.


Preface to the Third edition
Glossary of terms and abbreviations
Part. History and structure of the European Union
1. 1945-1985: The origins and growth of the European Community
2. 1985-2004: From the single market to the present day
3. The institutions of the European Union in 2004
Part II. The impact of Europe on the British political system
4. Sovereignty and constitutional change
5. Policy and the decision-making process
6. EU policies and their impact on Britain
Part III. Participation
7. Representation: Elections to the European Parliament
8. British political parties and Europe
9. British pressure groups and Europe
Part IV. Concluding thoughts
10. Britain and the European Union: The past, present and future
Glossary of terms and abbreviations
Further information about the European Union


Duncan Watts is Editor of the Politics Association Resource Centre. The late Colin Pilkington was Lecturer in Political Sociology at the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education and Principal Examiner in GCSE Politics

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