On 23rd June 2016, a referendum will be held in order to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. In light of this, we have put together this reading list containing a selection of books and online resources on Europe and the key topics surrounding the debate on the European Union.
Europe’s Long Energy Journey by David Buchan and Malcolm Keay
This book explores how far the European Union can go towards forming its 28 member states into an Energy Union. It analyses how the EU can achieve its goal of providing energy affordability, security, and sustainability in the light of internal dynamics in European energy markets, and of the urgency in mitigating climate change.
Eurozone Virtual Issue in The Review of Finance
Publishes high-quality papers in all areas of financial economics. The Virtual Issue addresses a range of topics relating to the Eurozone, such as the effects of the Euro on firm investment rates, systemic risk, mortgage market design, and more.
European Migration by Klaus F. Zimmermann
In recent years, migration has become a major challenge for researchers and policy-makers. The focus has been to investigate the demographics of the movements, the assimilation and integration patterns this process causes, and the effects migrants have on the welfare of the native population. The design of a coherent migration policy is crucial for Europe, which is far behind countries in North America and Australasia. This book summarizes for existing evidence in Europe and contrasts it with the experiences of those countries.
The European Union: A Very Short Introduction by John Pinder and Simon Usherwood
Since the second edition of this popular Very Short Introduction published in 2007, the world has faced huge economic and political change. Showing how and why the EU has developed from 1950 to the present day, John Pinder and Simon Usherwood cover a range of topics, including the Union’s early history, the workings of its institutions and what they do, the interplay between ‘eurosceptics’ and federalists, and the role of the Union beyond Europe in international affairs and as a peace-keeper.
Cultural Integration of Immigrants in Europe edited by Yann Algan, Alberto Bisin, Alan Manning, and Thierry Verdier
This book seeks to address three issues: How do European countries differ in their cultural integration process and what are the different models of integration at work? How does cultural integration relate to economic integration? What are the implications for civic participation and public policies?
Who Needs Migrant Workers? edited by Martin Ruhs and Bridget Anderson
Are migrant workers needed to ‘do the jobs that locals will not do’ or are they simply a more exploitable labour force? Do they have a better ‘work ethic’ or are they less able to complain? Is migrant labour the solution to ‘skills shortages’ or actually part of the problem? This book provides a comprehensive framework for analysing the demand for migrant workers in high-income countries.
The Oxford Handbook on European Union Law edited by Anthony Arnull and Damian Chalmers
Since its formation the European Union has expanded beyond all expectations, and this expansion seems set to continue as more countries seek accession and the scope of EU law expands,touching more and more aspects of its citizens’ lives. The EU has never been stronger and yet it now appears to be reaching a crisis point, beset on all sides by conflict and challenges to its legitimacy.
The Politics of Everyday Europe by Kathleen R. McNamara
How do political authorities build support for themselves and their rule? Doing so is key to accruing power, but it can be a complicated affair. The European Union, as a novel political entity, faces a particularly difficult set of challenges. The Politics of Everyday Europe argues that the legitimation of EU authority rests in part on a transformation in the symbols and practices of everyday life in Europe.
European Identity in the Context of National Identity edited by Bettina Westle and Paolo Segatti
This book provides an unprecedented insight into the multiple ways through which citizens of 16 countries connect their own national identity to European identity.
Europe’s Border Crisis by Nick Vaughan-Williams
Europe’s Border Crisis investigates dynamics in EU border security and migration management and advances a path-breaking framework for thought, judgment, and action in this context. It argues that a crisis point has emerged whereby irregular migrants are treated as both a security threat to the EU and as a life that is threatened and in need of saving.
The Oxford Companion to British History edited by John Cannon and Robert Crowcroft
In over 4,500 entries, this Companion covers all aspects of the history of Britain from 55 BC to the present day including the Western European Union, the industrial revolution, and the Olympics in Britain.
Political and Economic Dynamics of the Eurozone Crisis edited by James A. Caporaso and Martin Rhodes
This is the first book to provide a full and dispassionate account of the politics and economics of the Eurozone crisis, focusing on the interlinked origins and impacts of the Euro-Zone crisis and the policy responses to it.
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