The E.U.: An Obituary

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Verso Books, Jun 19, 2018 - Political Science - 336 pages
Is Brexit the beginning of the end for the EU?

Fully updated and revised, this new edition of John R. Gillingham’s swingeing study explains why the European Union is so profoundly unsuited to the modern political economy. In a devastating historical account of political failure, he takes readers back to the union’s postwar origins, when it was considered the best means to guarantee peace, demonstrating how the flaws of the institution date to its origins. Today, these inherent failings leave it unable to deal with the most pressing issues of our time: the refugee crisis, Britain’s exit, the foundering eurozone, and the increasing disquiet among its member states. In a globalised marketplace where technological innovation transcends state boundaries, the EU is no longer fit for purpose. It is time to let the union dissolve.

 

Contents

A Reexamination of the European Union I
1
Myth as Method
7
The Dark Years
44
Behind the Curve
75
Lost in the Future
151
Threat of a Promising Futureor Endgame?
190
Postscript
245
The European Union in the Pax Technica
253
Endnotes
277
Index
301
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The author of numerous articles, two edited volumes, and six books, four of them about European integration, John Gillingham is a long-standing but respected critic of the Brussels institutions. Gillingham holds a doctorate in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a fellow at the Harvard Center for European Studies. His work has been translated into several languages. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, among them the American Historical Association’s research prize in International History, and is listed in Who’s Who in America.

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