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‘This collection of essays by a number of scholars from India and Europe addresses economic, political and social issues of great contemporary significance. The most attractive feature of the volume is the comparative and inter-disciplinary approach which gives it its distinctive orientation. Munshi and Abraham have held diverse but important themes together in an exemplary manner’

- Andre Beteille, Chairman, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata

‘This is an outstanding book on an issue easier talked about than acted upon. The editors have brought together in this rich volume a wide variety of essays which focus on India and Europe and clarify that it is necessary to contextualise good governance. The comparative perspective has the additional advantage of extending the analysis beyond the realm of the ...

Policy without Politics: Social, Cultural and Linguistic Affairs in the European Union
Policy without politics: Social, cultural and linguistic affairs in the european union
AbramDe Swaan

A peculiar political construct has emerged from the combination of European states in the past half century: the European Union (EU) is more than a confederation, but less than a federation; more than just a free trade zone, but not quite an economic whole; almost a world power, but one without an army or an effective foreign policy of its own; with a common currency, the Euro, but with coins that reserve a different verso for each member state. And yet, taken together, in less than a lifetime, these are major achievements. The ambitions are even more grandiose: ever eastward. The ...

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