The EU by John R. Gillingham
An Obituary

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This bias is particularly pronounced in Gillingham’s treatment of the EU’s economic history, where he downplays successes: for example, his assessment of the economic impact of the single market is overpessimistic, although expectations of it were unrealistically high, and have been altered by economic change.
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A major account of the failings of the European Union—and why it has to go

The European Union is a besieged institution. It is struggling in vain to overcome the eurozone crisis and faces an influx of refugees not seen since World War II. The Schengen Agreement is a dead letter, and Britain stands on the brink of leaving altogether. The EU is unfit for the challenges of the coming age of increased global competition and high tech. In sum, the drive for an “ever-closer union” has set Europe on the wrong course: plunged it into depression, fuelled national antagonisms, debilitated democracy, and accelerated decline. In this pithy, rigorously argued book, leading historian John Gillingham examines a once great notion that soured long ago.

From its postwar origins, through the Single Market, to the troubles of the present, Gillingham explains how Europe’s would-be government became a force for anti-democratic centralization and inept policy-making. Brussels has inspired a world of illusion that now threatens to undo the undoubted achievements of integration. The EU: An Obituary is an urgent call to the political Left, Right, and Centre to act before it is too late.
 

About John R. Gillingham

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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.

Author Residence: St. Louis, MO

Author Hometown: St. Louis, MO
 
Published June 14, 2016 by Verso. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Christopher Kissane on May 26 2016

This bias is particularly pronounced in Gillingham’s treatment of the EU’s economic history, where he downplays successes: for example, his assessment of the economic impact of the single market is overpessimistic, although expectations of it were unrealistically high, and have been altered by economic change.

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