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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.

Agricultural Policy and Protectionism
Agricultural policy and protectionism

The story of European agriculture in the period since the end of the Second World War is one of a transformation from shortage to abundance, from being a major importer of food to a major exporter. This transformation was driven in part by major technological changes and in part by the policies of the European Economic Community (EEC), later the European Union (EU). The EEC instituted policies of protection and subsidy that provided relatively risk-free markets for European farmers with surplus products being dumped onto the world market to the detriment of producers in the global South. It should be noted that countries that chose to remain outside the EU, notably Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, provided even higher ...

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