Rules of Integration: The Institutionalist Approach to European Studies

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What kind of institutions matter in the context of the European Union? This book assesses the relevance of the competing institutionalist approaches to the European Union? Scholars from three different approaches—history, sociology, and rational choice—clarify the distinctions between the new institutionalist approaches and open up a dialogue between them.

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Political scientists from across the continent, Britain, and Canada apply institutional research to the issue of European integration, and connect scholars in the diverse traditions of institutionalist research in order to gain new understandings about the influence of institutions that might be applied beyond the borders of European studies. They bring a broad range of approaches within the increasingly accepted general areas of rational choice, historical, and sociological institutionalism. Distributed in the US by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719057991
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: European Policy Research Unit Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Aspinwall is Lecturer in Politics and European Studies at the University of Durham.

Gerald Schneider is Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Public Policy and Management at the University of Konstanz, and Executive Editor of European Union Politics.

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
List of contributors
Preface
List of abbreviations
1 Institutional research on the European Union: mapping the field 1
2 Constructing European institutions 19
Comment 40
3 The dynamics of European integration: a constitutional analysis of the Amsterdam Treaty 46
Comment 69
4 The 'Europeanisation' of central government: the UK and Germany in historical institutionalist perspective 73
Comment 97
5 The Treaty of Amsterdam and the co-decision procedure 101
Comment 123
6 A constrained Commission: informal practices of agenda-setting in the Council 125
Comment 147
7 Top Commission officials on capitalism: an institutionalist understanding of preferences 152
Comment 174
8 Moving beyond outworn debates: a new institutionalist research agenda 177
References 188
Index 211
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