So reads the EPP press release that trumpets the new EU textbook by Alexander Stubb MEP. Apparently the first edition sold 12,000 copies. That he finds time to write EU textbooks that are “not only for nerds” in between winning plaudits for his online efforts and being an MEP is in our view impressive. Even more so that it only took 298 pages to explain how the EU really works, when fellow blogging MEP Richard Corbett took 384 pages to explain the basics of just one institution.
The new book is timely for two reasons. Firstly, as homework for our own Maria Laptev, who takes on Bill Newton-Dunn MEP, Jeremy Rand (Council) and Sylvain Giraud (Commission) in a quiz on the intricacies of the Lisbon Treaty on 5 March at the European Centre for Public Affairs annual event. Secondly, given Stubb’s current role in the EP’s report on transparency, there are those of us who may be interested to see whether the book reflects a full understanding of how public affairs really works in Brussels.
The additional online resources (see, this post is not completely off topic) will surely be the key factor in ensuring that the new edition entices another 12,000 “nerds” (read students) to buy the book, thus ensuring that the market remains at least stable, if “not tremendous”.