The European dimension of British planning There are scores of academic books devoted to the subject of Europe. Over the last few years, almost every aspect of the geography, economics and politics of the European Union has been written about, and many of these texts have been from a British perspective. The proliferation of books studying the European phenomenon is testament to the many ways in which Europe, or to be more precise the European Community, referred to since 1992 as the European Union, is increasingly influencing – and is influenced by – domestic politics, globalisation and economic integration, together with a whole swathe of substantive policy problems ranging from transport and energy to pollution control, sustainability, and agriculture.