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Knud Erik Jørgensen, Mark A. Pollack & Ben Rosamond

In: Handbook of European Union Politics

Chapter : Introduction

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Knud ErikJørgensen, Mark A.Pollack and BenRosamond

A volume that is self-advertised as a ‘handbook’ requires some justification. ‘Handbook’ is suggestive of a claim to some sort of authority. It further connotes a manual or a one-stop guide to its subject. The organization and compilation of a handbook for an academic field is a risky enterprise, not least because the chances of conforming to the expectations and understandings of all of that field's practitioners are slim (to say the least).

Most readers will probably have a good sense of what the study of EU politics entails. Yet, of course, it is pretty much impossible to get past first base in a foundation level course in politics without entering the elementary, but insoluble, discussion about the boundaries of ...

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