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The Europeanisation of WhitehallUK Central Government and the European Union$
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Simon Bulmer and Martin Burch

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719055157

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719055157.001.0001

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Setting the scene

Setting the scene

(p.1) 1 Setting the scene
The Europeanisation of Whitehall

Simon Bulmer

Martin Burch

Manchester University Press

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

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