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Britain joined the European Community in 1973, over twenty years after the first of the European Communities was formed. Within a year, she had established a reputation for being at odds with major Community initiatives and for taking an independent point of view.
In An Awkward Partner Stephen George surveys the policies that earned Britain this reputation, recording the role successive British governments have played in the European Community. He stresses the influence both of external circumstances and of domestic political considerations in shaping these policies and analyses some of the underlying political reasons for Britain's perceived awkwardness.
The original edition of the book was the first book-length survey to appear in English of British policy towards the European Community, and rapidly became established as the leading book in the field for students. In this substantially expanded edition, Stephen George brings his analysis up to date, examining the last years of the Thatcher premiership, the record of John Major's government, and the future prospects for Britain in the new European Union. This new edition will continue to be invaluable to students taking courses on the European Community, comparative European politics, and public policy.
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Stephen George is Reader in Politics at the University of Sheffield.Review:
`This is an excellent book - I used the previous editions as well - and it presents an extremely good, concise overview of its subject.'
Dr S. Hastings, South Bank University
`Stephen George's book is an excellent political history of Britain in the European Community. For those with little or no knowledge of this it is extremely useful.'
Gerald Xavier Mirfin, University of Wolverhampton
`Excellent up to date analysis of Britain's longstanding reluctance toward Europe and the implications for the future of the UK and the EU.'
A. McGauley, Sheffield Hallam University
`The best historical account of the UK's approach to the EC. Well-written and accurate.'
Jonathan Tonge, University of Salford
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Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. 2. Seller Inventory # DADAX0198781067