The State of the European Union Volume 8: Making History

The State of the European Union Volume 8: Making History

by Sophie Meunier
     
 

Fifty years ago, the leaders of six European states signed the Treaty of Rome, creating the European Economic Community and launching the process of European integration. From that starting point evolved today's European Union (EU), the most successful example of institutionalized political cooperation in history. The EU now encompasses a much broader array of… See more details below

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Fifty years ago, the leaders of six European states signed the Treaty of Rome, creating the European Economic Community and launching the process of European integration. From that starting point evolved today's European Union (EU), the most successful example of institutionalized political cooperation in history. The EU now encompasses a much broader array of responsibilities than originally planned, its membership has widened to 27 countries, and its legislation and jurisprudence has come to supersede national law. Contestation has accompanied success, however, and the intense debate in many European countries over the EU Constitution throughout the course of 2005 revealed deep divisions between and within European countries around issues such as EU institutions, the elusive European identity, a European economic malaise, and the role of the EU as a world power. Was the constitutional crisis a turning point for European integration? This volume argues that the EU today may be at a crossroads-not because of the failed referenda but rather because of the unresolved tensions in European governance not banished with the referenda's defeat. Meunier and McNamara's collection is the first to comprehensively examine these challenging issues using the tools of historical institutionalism to analyze the past and future political and institutional trajectory of the European Union across a wide variety of policy areas. Together, the volume's authors provide a remarkably coherent theoretical approach to the key questions facing Europe, drawing a portrait of the EU today that reveals a robust, but not invulnerable, set of institutions and practices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199218684
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/19/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

List of Tables x

List of Abbreviations xi

List of Contributors xiii

1 Making History: European Integration and Institutional Change at Fifty Sophie Meunier Kathleen R. McNamara 1

I The Past and Future of European Institutional Integration

2 The European Constitutional Settlement Andrew Moravcsik 23

3 Built to Last? The Durability of EU Federalism R. Daniel Kelemen 51

4 Informal Decision-Making in the Council: The Secret of the EU's Success? Dorothee Heisenberg 67

5 The Theory and Reality of the European Coal and Steel Community Karen J. Alter David Steinberg 89

6 Historical Institutionalism and the EU's Eastward Enlargement Milada Anna Vachudova 105

II The Politics of Markets

7 Protecting Privacy in Europe: Administrative Feedbacks and Regional Politics Abraham Newman 123

8 Financial Transformation in the European Union Elliot Posner 139

9 The European Company Statute and the Governance Dilemma Orfeo Fioretos 157

10 The Politics of Competition and Institutional Change in European Union: The First Fifty Years Tim Buthe 175

11 A Historical Institutionalist Analysis of the Road to Economic and Monetary Union: A Journey with Many Crossroads Amy Verdun 195

III Law and Society

12 The Constitutionalization of the European Union: Explaining the Parliamentarization and Institutionalization of Human Rights Berthold Rittberger Frank Schimmelfennig 213

13 The Evolution of EU Citizenship Willem Maas 231

14 EU Social Policy, or, How Far Up Do You Like Your Safety Net? Ailish Johnson 247

IV The EU as a Sovereign State in World Politics

15 Understanding the European Union as a Global Political Actor: Theory,Practice, and Impact Roy H. Ginsberg Michael E. Smith 267

16 Trade and Transatlantic Relations: Old Dogs and New Tricks John Peterson Alasdair R. Young 283

17 From EU Model to External Policy? Promoting Regional Integration in the Rest of the World Mary Farrell 299

Bibliography 317

Index 355

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