Chapter

Setting the scene

Simon Bulmer and Martin Burch

in The Europeanisation of Whitehall

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780719055157
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701928 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719055157.003.0001
Setting the scene

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The United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union (EU) has been complex and troublesome. The relationship itself is multifaceted: open to historical, political, economic and legal analysis. This chapter sets the scene for the study. It reviews the key events in Britain's relationship with European integration. It highlights the controversies in Britain's relations with the EU and how they bear upon the central focus of the book, namely adaptation in central government. The chapter then examines the different component parts of the relationship by looking at aspects of the reception of European integration in the British polity, and the very different task of projecting British politics into the European arena.

Keywords: EU; UK; European integration; Britain; central government

Chapter.  8869 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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