About John McCormick

John McCormick

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics at the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University in the United States.

About This Site

This is a site designed to encourage discussion about the benefits and advantages of the European Union, and to help students using my textbooks on the EU.



Media contributions and quotes

The new divided kingdom: A Brexit post-mortem“, in Foreign Affairs, 25 June  2016.

Brexit’s bitter wounds“, in US News and World Report, 24 June 2016.

Quoted in “Britain’s Dreams of a ‘Swiss Miracle’ Look More Like Fantasy”, in New York Times, 23 June 2016

Quoted in “Why gut instinct will decide the most irrational referendum yet“, in New Scientist, June 1, 2016.

The impact of Scotland’s independence referendum continues to unfold“, on British Politics and Policy blog, London School of Economics, 15 October 2014.

Rise of Eurosceptic views not  EU’s ‘greatest challenge’“, in Irish Times, 1 September 2014.

The meaning of a British exit from the European Union“, in E-International Relations, 25 July 2014.

The UK’s opposition to the EU is driven by a lack of information and undirected hostility“, on EUROPP blog, London School of Economics, 6 March 2014.

Same Same, But Different“, in The European, 15 January 2014.

Why Europe Matters“, in EUDO Cafe, 14 January 2014.

Indiana should refocus on Europe”, in Indianapolis Business Journal, 30 November 2013.

Un Anglo-Saxon qui défend l’Europe”, in L’Echo, 22 June 2013.

Interview on Squawk Box Europe, CNBC London, 19 June 2013.

Why Europe Matters”, in Progress online (UK Labour Party), 3 June 2013.

Time to shake off the gloom: Europe matters”, in EurActiv online (Belgium), 22 May 2013.

UKIP should enjoy the good times”, in Prospect online (UK), 8 May 2013.

Before we blame the EU for all our woes, is there anyone doing any better?”, in The Guardian (London) 8 May 2013.

Debunking EU myths – and destroying UKIP’s attraction”, on GQ Online (London), May 2013.

Silence on Europe is Deafening“, in Times Higher Education,15 November 2012. 

Books – Research

Why Europe Matters for Britain: The Case for Remaining In (Palgrave, 2016).

Why Europe Matters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Europeanism (Oxford University Press, 2010).

The European Superpower (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Environmental Policy in the European Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001).

Acid Earth: The politics of acid pollution (London: Earthscan, 1997, third edition).

The Global Environmental Movement (London: John Wiley, 1995, second edition). First published in 1989 as Reclaiming Paradise: The global environmental movement by Indiana University Press. Published in Japanese as Chikyu Kankyo Undo Zen-Shi by Iwanami Shoten, Tokyo, 1998, and in Portuguese as Rumo Ao Paraiso by Editura Dumara, Rio de Janeiro, 1992, to coincide with UN Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro.

British Politics and the Environment (London: Earthscan, 1991).

Books – Teaching

Comparative Government and Politics (Palgrave, 2016, tenth edition, with Rod Hague and Martin Harrop). A best-selling introductory textbook first published in 1982 and which I joined as third author for the newest edition. Sold in the US and Canada as Political Science: A Comparative Introduction.

European Union Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, second edition). First edition 2011. Turkish edition published as Avrupa Birliği Siyaseti (Liberte A.S., Ankara).

Understanding the European Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, sixth edition). Seventh edition will be published in early 2017. Previous editions 2011, 2008, 2005, 2002, 1999. Also published in Turkish as Avrupa Birligi’ni Anlamak (BigBang, Ankara, 2014), in Polish as Zrozumieć Unię Europejską (Polish Scientific Publishers, Warsaw, 2010), in Romanian as Să înţelegem Uniunea Europeană (CODECS, Bucharest, 2007), and in Slovak as Poznavame Europsku Uniu (Format, Pezinok, 2000).

The European Union: Politics and Policies (Westview, 2016, sixth edition, with Jonathan Olsen). Previous editions 2014, 2008, 2004, 1999, 1996.

Comparative Politics in Transition (Cengage, 2012, seventh edition). Previous editions 2009, 2006, 2003, 2000, 1997, 1995.

Contemporary Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, third edition). Prevous editions 2007, 2003. Also published in China (in English) by China Renmin University Press, Beijing (2009).

Articles, Book Chapters, Occasional Papers, Reports – Research

‘Confederalism as a solution for Europe’ in Riccardo Fiorentini and Guido Montani (eds), The European Union and Supranational Political Economy (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016).

Voting on Europe: The Potential Pitfalls of a British Referendum‘, in Political Quarterly 85:2, April-June 2014, pp. 212-19.

‘Cultural citizenship, political belonging and the European Union’, in Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto No. 48, 2013, pp. 19-31.

‘Cosmopolitanism and Europe’ and ‘European Multiculturalism: Is it Really Dead?’ in Martin Tamcke, Janny de Jong, Lars Klein, and Margriet van der Waal (eds), Europe – Space for Transcultural Existence? (Göttingen, the Netherlands: Göttingen University Press, 2013).

‘Europe as a cosmopolitan global actor’, in Il Politico 78:3, September-December 2012, 32-48.

Crisis and the Future of Europe’, Great Debate Paper 12/06,  September 2012. Invited submission to the Cicero Foundation, Maastricht, Netherlands.

‘The European Union: A Different Kind of Beast’ in Donette Murray and David Brown (eds), Multipolarity in the 21st Century: A New World Order (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012).

‘Enlargement and the Meaning of Europe’ in Chris Rumford (Ed), The Sage Handbook of European Studies (London: Sage Publications, 2009).

‘Policy Performance in the European Union’ in Eleanor Zeff and Ellen Pirro (Eds), The European Union and the Member States: Cooperation, Coordination and Compromise (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2006). Second edition.

Whatever happened to public policy?’ in EUSA Review 19:2, Spring 2006, pp. 8-10.

‘American Exceptionalism: The Implications for Europe’ in Journal of Transatlantic Studies 3:2, Autumn 2005, pp. 199-215.

‘The European Superpower’, Jean Monnet/Robert Schuman Paper Series, Vol. 5, No. 8, Miami European Union Center, University of Miami, April 2005.

‘Sustainable Development: Comparative Understandings and Responses’ (with Susan Baker), in Norman J. Vig and Michael G. Faure (Eds), Green Giants: Environmental Policy of the United States and the European Union (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004).

‘Environmental Policy in Britain’, in Uday Desai (Ed), Environmental Policy in Advanced Industrial Societies (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002).

‘Environmental Policy’, in Neill Nugent, Desmond Dinan, and Laura Cram (Eds), Developments in the European Union (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999).

‘Acid Pollution: The International Community’s Continuing Struggle’ in Environment 40: 3, April 1998, pp.16-20, 41-45.

‘Environmental Policy: Deepen or Widen?’ in Pierre-Henri Laurent and Marc Maresceau (Eds), The State of the European Union IV (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1997).

‘Environmental Policy and the European Union’, in Robert V. Bartlett, Priya A. Kurian and Madhu Malik (Eds), International Organizations and Environmental Policy (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995).

‘Environmental Politics’ in Patrick Dunleavy, Andrew Gamble, and Gillian Peele (Eds), Developments in British Politics 4 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993).

‘International Nongovernmental Organizations: Prospects for a Global Environmental Movement’, in Sheldon Kamieniecki (Ed), Environmental Politics in the International Arena: Movements, Parties, Organizations, and Policy (State University of New York Press, 1993).

Urban Air Pollution. Volume 4 in the UNEP/GEMS Environment Library (Nairobi: United Nations Environment Programme, 1991).

‘A Green World After the Cold War?’, in Craig L. LaMay and Everette E. Dennis (Eds), Media and the Environment (Washington DC: Island Press, 1991).

Conservation Strategy Development (Gland, Switzerland: International Union for Conservation of Nature, 1989).

The Tropical Forestry Action Plan (Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, 1987).

‘The Origins of the World Conservation Strategy’, in Environmental Review 10:3 Fall 1986, pp. 177-187.

Articles, Book Chapters – Teaching

‘Why Europe Works’, in Andreas Dür and Hubert Zimmermann (eds), Key Controversies in European Integration (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Second edition. First edition 2012.

‘The Role of Environmental NGOs in International Regimes’, in Regina Axelrod and Stacy Vandeveer (Eds), The Global Environment: Institutions, Law and Policy (Washington DC: CQ Press, 2010). Third edition. Previous editions 2004, 1999.

‘Great Britain’ and ‘The European Union’. Chapters in Howard Wiarda (Ed), European Politics in the Age of Globalization (Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt College Publishers, 1998).

‘Teaching Comparative Politics: A Post-Cold War Approach’, in PS: Political Science and Politics, 28:1, March 1995, pp. 81-82.

‘Modeling the European Community’, in European Community Studies Association Newsletter, VII: 2, Spring/Summer 1994.