Britain and the European community : the politics of semi-detachment /

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Imprint:Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
Description:xii, 214 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Subject:European Economic Community -- Great Britain
European Economic Community.
European communities
European federation
European communities.
European federation.
Politics and government
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1979-1997
Great Britain.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:George, Stephen, 1949-
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Choice Review

This is a splendid collection of essays by noted experts on the European Community. Using both historical and statistical data, the essays examine domestic policy conflicts that Britain faced in joining the EC, and resulting transformations. A country's desire to manage its special external relationships and its internal affairs contradicts efforts to surrender power to the EC. The tension between actors with competing agendas is of profound interest not simply to students of Britain or the EC, but to anyone interested in the relationship between foreign and domestic policy. The book is well organized and, for a collection, internally consistent. Two limitations are apparent, but neither detracts from the book's overall value. First, though important references are mentioned in the index, there is no bibliography, only footnotes. Second, the book does not discuss the controversy surrounding the Maastricht Treaty, which should have been mentioned in a 1992 publication. Nonetheless, this volume explains why the controversy is important better than do many works that discuss the treaty. Advanced undergraduate through professional collections. J. H. P. Williams; Decision Insights, Inc

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Review by Choice Review