Our Book of the Month choice for January

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.


Europe reset: new directions for the EU

Richard Youngs

I.B. Tauris, 2018

Shelfmark: JN15.YOU 2018 





The Book of the Month for January has been selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations. The choice was inspired by the multitude of political shocks that have rocked European politics in the last 2 years.

Book Overview

In the last decade, the EU has been hit by a series of crises, most recently the UK’s decision to leave the union following the Brexit referendum. In light of this, questions have been raised about the need to reform the whole model of European integration, with the aim of making the union more flexible and accountable.

In Europe Reset, Richard Youngs proposes an alternative vision of European co-operation and shows how the EU must re-invent itself if it is to survive. He argues that citizens should play a greater role in European decision-making, that there should be more flexibility in the process of integration and that Europe needs to take a new, more coherent, approach to questions of defence and security. In proposing this model for a `reset’ Europe, Youngs puts forward a new agenda for the future of the EU.


‘An original and provocative contribution to the continuing debate about the future of Europe. The EU at the time of writing seems to be recovering from the succession of problems created by the financial crisis and its impact on the euro. As Richard Youngs stresses, much more is needed. “Output democracy” is not enough – reform must be driven by citizenship engagement and activism, and on a wide scale.’
Anthony Giddens, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics

‘Europe Reset blends common sense with imagination and analytical depth. It deserves a wide readership across Europe.
Tony Barber, Financial Times Europe Editor

‘In this stimulating book, Richard Youngs rightly diagnoses the need to reconnect democratic civic energies with innovative policy-making for a continent that is ready for a new politics.’
Luuk van Middelaar, author of The Passage to Europe

‘Let us hope his book leads to more creative solutions to the EU’s democracy challenge.’
Marietje Schaake, MEP

Where can I find it?

We have one lending copy of the title in stock. It is currently on display on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk) but is available to be borrowed. The shelfmark for the title is JN15.YOU 2018

We also have an electronic legal deposit copy of the title. Online access for this material is restricted to library computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries. A link to it can be found on SOLO.

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