New books arrival note – May 2016

A fresh range of exciting reading on EU-related matters is awaiting you at the Library. This month we have received a large number of titles that are worth your time. Let us say a few words on our new arrivals.

A new edition of “Les démocraties européennes” opens the list. In this volume the authors present a deep analysis of the political systems of member states. They draw comparisons between the different institutions, election systems and political parties. What they discover is that each system has an idiosyncratic, national touch. This compendium of knowledge provides readers with a better understanding of the broad political scene of the EU.

The Elsevier Boeken publication, consisting of 40 interviews with Europeans about Europe, will enable you to look at the Union through the lenses of personages such as Enrique Barón Crespo, Jacques Delors, Hans van den Broek, Yves-Thibault de Silguy, José Manuel Barroso, Franco Frattini, Herman Van Rompuy or Nigel Farage. “Spanning in Europa” gives a taste of the tension between Brussels’ ambitions and the various points of view of Member States over the years (with conversations held since the 1960s). For our readers to have a flavour of the book, it starts with Sicco Mansholt (a report from 1966) and ends with an interview with Martin Schulz and another one with the ‘Europe’ coordinator of the Instituut Clingendael, Adriaan Schout, both from July 2013.

We would also like to mention the book “United by or against euroscepticism?”. The authors address the questions of Euro-populism, Euro-denial and Euro-cynicism in terms of the European project, without ruling out the possibility that they could act as a positive factor.

In several titles from this month’s selection the topics of globalisation and Europeanisation come into focus. “New Europe – old values?” explores the reactions of national legal cultures to this phenomenon. In addition to analysing the effects of globalisation, the authors wonder  how European values and new legal challenges define the path from old to new Europe.

In the book “L’Europe peut-elle faire face à la mondialisation?” the all too often pronounced judgement that Europe plays an inadequate role in the process of globalisation is moderated. Within the book you will find a more in-depth analysis of the state of play.

The topic of EU relations in a globalised world is further developed in another title: “The European Union and the BRICS“. With global governance as a backdrop, the book compiles contributions on the complex relations between the EU and Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The foreign policy of the EU is also a concern in another volume entitled “Security in shared neighbourhoods”, coordinated by Rémi Piet (Qatar University, Qatar) and Licínia Simão (University of Coimbra, Portugal). Russia, Turkey and the EU are the three geopolitical players that have a big impact on the stability of the Black and Caspian Seas, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. This book provides a valuable overview of pan-regional dynamics and a conceptualisation of competition and cooperation among these players.

Lastly, we would like to propose to you the title “Pensée et politique dans le monde arabe“. The book describes multiple facets of political thought in the Arab world, starting as early as the 19th century. It might come as a surprise, but theological constraints were not always an obstacle to critical thinking and the proliferation of political ideas. The more interconnected with the Arab world we are, the more knowledge about it we need, and this is when this book comes in useful as a guide.

We invite you to have a look at the full list of our cherished newcomers. We trust that you will find them useful and enjoyable to read.

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