Skip to main content

Politics and International Relations (PIR): News


European Council President praises book by PIR colleagues

The President of the EU’s European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, has provided the following endorsement for the new edition of ‘The European Union: How Does it Work?’, co-edited by Edinburgh Politics/IR’s Elizabeth Bomberg and John Peterson (together with Richard Corbett):

'This book – now in its third edition – is a concise, yet comprehensive and clear introduction to the European Union. Its editorial team and its authors are a mix of both academics and practitioners; able not just to master the theories, but also able to show how things work in practice’.

The book will be published by Oxford University Press on 15 December 2011. To see the cover - which specifies what is new to this edition, click here.  More information is available at:

‘How Does it Work’ has its own, dedicated on-line resource centre to assist those who read and teach from the book at: