The Politics of European Integration: A Reader / Edition 1

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The debate over European integration is a central issue in the study of contemporary Europe. This book seeks to guide the student through the most important of the integration theories and academic literature on this vital topic. The reader starts with an expansive and wide ranging introductory essay which offers a clear overview and analysis of the shifting terms of the debate on European integration during the post-war period. Part two provides key extracts from the seminal authors who have contributed to and fashioned this debate throughout its duration. It brings together the most important parts from the most essential and influential literature on this important topic. This reader will be of value to the growing number of students, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, who are undertaking courses in European studies and European politics. It will be especially useful to those who require some knowledge of the origins and developments of this important issue at the centre of the debate over Europe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415112987
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/9/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Origins, scope, issues
1 The quest for European integration 3
Pt. II The pardigms of European integration
2 The supranational paradigm (1): the federalist approach 21
3 The supranational paradigm (2): functionalist models 31
4 The statecentric paradigm 54
5 The syncretic paradigm: the ambiguities of European integration 81
6 Theoretical deja vu? 122
Pt. III Documents
1 The major political consequences of the Second World War 147
2 Reconstruction and integration 149
3 The triumph of the supranational principle in the Resistance 153
4 L'Europe des savants: European integration and the social sciences 157
5 Integration theory: context, scope and method 158
6 International Theory and European Integration 162
7 Federalism and culture 164
8 The federal idea 164
9 The ending of Armageddon 165
10 Motives for European unity: the summing up by the Geneva Conference of Resistance Fighters 165
11 A ferment of change 168
12 The European Adventure - Tasks for the Enlarged Community 170
13 The European Community's federal heritage 176
14 Let fools contest about the forms 181
15 A federal democracy 184
16 The prospect of integration: federal or functional 187
17 A working peace system 191
18 The Uniting of Europe: Political, Social and Economic Forces 1950-1957 195
19 ibid. 197
20 Alternative models of systems change 201
21 The study of regional integration: reflections on the joy and anguish of pretheorizing 205
22 Turbulent fields and the theory of regional integration 210
23 The European process at Atlantic cross purposes 213
24 Europe's identity crisis: between the past and America 216
25 Obstinate or obsolete? The fate of the nation-state and the case of western Europe 222
26 Federation, federal union, federal state 225
27 Why the single market is a step towards federal union 230
28 Europe as a confederation: the Community and the nation-state 232
29 Unions of States: The Theory and Practice of Confederation 237
30 The confederal phase 242
31 Domestic politics and European Community policy making 248
32 From integration to interdependence: gains, losses, and continuing gaps 251
33 Theoretical perspectives and problems 255
34 The European Council's first decade: between interdependence and domestic politics 261
35 Less than a federation, more than a regime: the Community as a political system 266
36 The joint decision trap: lessons from German Federalism and European integration 270
37 Federalism and the European Union 276
38 European Community and nation-state: a case for a neo-federalism? 280
39 1992 and the political integration of Europe: neo-functionalism reconsidered 283
40 Conclusions: Community politics and institutional change 287
41 Negotiating the Single European Act: national interests and conventional statecraft in the European Community 292
42 Preferences and power in the European Community: a liberal intergovernmentalist approach 297
43 1992: recasting the European bargain 300
44 Convergence or a persistent diversity of national interests? 306
45 Futures for economic integration. Beyond interdependence: 1992 as a global challenge 311
46 National identities and the idea of European unity 314
Notes to Chapters 1-6 320
Index 335
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