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Britain In The European Community
Britain In The European Community
By Michael Franklin with Marc Wilke
Council on Foreign Relations Press (for the Royal Institute of Internationa, 1991, 144 pp

An excellent essay on Britain's participation in the European Community, explaining but not condoning Britain's reticent and at times recalcitrant conduct. The book reviews current EC issues against a briefly sketched historical background. The book can be read as a general analysis of the EC's prospects and as a particular study of Britain's failure to play "the leadership role which many people hoped and expected that it would. . . . The principal aim of this study is to throw light on why this should be so and to suggest ways in which Britain can play a more constructive and influential role." A good example of diagnosis and prescription, putting much emphasis on Britain's attachment to sovereignty and its "special relationship" with the United States.