The Choice for Europe: Social Purpose and State Power from Messina to Maastricht

The Choice for Europe: Social Purpose and State Power from Messina to Maastricht

by Andrew Moravcsik
     
 

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The creation of the European Union arguably ranks among the most extraordinary achievements in modern world politics. Observers disagree, however, about the reasons why European governments have chosen to co- ordinate core economic policies and surrender sovereign perogatives. This text analyzes the history of the region's movement toward economic and political union.… See more details below

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The creation of the European Union arguably ranks among the most extraordinary achievements in modern world politics. Observers disagree, however, about the reasons why European governments have chosen to co- ordinate core economic policies and surrender sovereign perogatives. This text analyzes the history of the region's movement toward economic and political union. Do these unifying steps demonstrate the pre-eminence of national security concerns, the power of federalist ideals, the skill of political entrepreneurs like Jean Monnet and Jacques Delors, or the triumph of technocratic planning? Moravcsik rejects such views. Economic interdependence has been, he maintains, the primary force compelling these democracies to move in this surprising direction. Politicians rationally pursued national economic advantage through the exploitation of asymmetrical interdependence and the manipulation of institutional commitments.

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"This will become one of the most widely-used and authoritative sources on the politics and progress of integration in Europe. Moravcsik is well-known to EU specialists as one of the foremost theorists in the field. . . . An extremely good political history of European integration . . . which has strong claim to being the definitive work. . . . Given its length and detailed content and its masterly authorship . . . this volume will further Moravcsik's reputation as a contender to being the foremost analyst of integration in Europe."—Australian Journal of European Integration

"Moravcsik's brilliant book is, and will remain for a long time, one of the standard works on the subject. It is clearly a must for everyone seriously engaged in the debates of the discipline. . . . A masterpiece. . . . The depth of discussion and the treatment of the rich empirical material are truly exceptional and its analytical rigor is razor-sharp. . . . Moravcsik's book is an enriching and splendid intellectual operation."—International Affairs

"Few books are as clearly argued as Andrew Moravcsik's. . . . His analytical presentation is carefully articulated, his presentation of historical material is meticulous and his conclusions are at the same time provocative and well-grounded in existing debates. Simply, his is a book that is bound to generate useful controversy even among those who know very little about the intricacies of integration theory beforehand. Moravscik has succeeded not only in creating a touchstone for contemporary theorizing about Europe, but also in providing perhaps the best course book for advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in European affairs. . . . At the same time, and perhaps more important, Moravscik may inspire a new generation of students to take the study of Europe as seriously as they take the subject matter."—Eric Jones, Governance

"Andrew Moravcsik, in this work of rich insights and cogent case studies,deserves complements for illuminating the 'grand bargains' that have forged and developed the European Community (now European Union). This work is a distinguished contribution to thinking about these paramount events in contemporary Europe. Moravcsik has performed a laudable feat by skillfully weaving the themes of nation-state decision formation with domestic socioeconomic variables, thereby enriching our comprehension about these frontier-shattering experiments in transnational co-operation. . . . The book is consistently interesting, stimulating, and intellectually challenging."—Pierre-Henry Lauren, International History Review

"The Choice for Europe is a testament to Moravcsik's abilities. Not only does Moravcsik present a credible description of his representation of European integration, but he does so by integrating the forces of an interdependent global economy and the relative power of states within this system. While engaging with some of the specifics of European integration, Moravcsik's discussion presents a solid contribution to International Relations theory. The Choice for Europe is a major addition to the canon of European integration theory."—Ben Mueller, Canadian Journal of Political Science

"The most important work in the field since Alan Millard's The Reconstruction of Western Europe, 1945–1951, and the most ambitious interpretation of its subject yet written. Moravcsik has returned economics to the forefront of the history of European integration. He has mastered a vast, multilingual secondary literature. . . He courageously challenges the conventional wisdom on virtually every issue, and succeeds in debunking the tired claims of the memoirists that a handful of international technocrats created the New Europe."—William I. Hitchcock, American Historical Review

"This is one of the most important books and probably the most ambitious one on the history and theory of European Integration which has been published in the 1990s. . . . The importance of the book is beyond doubt. Rarely have the core questions of European integration been presented in such a thought-provoking way, and it is extremely instructive to come to terms with Moravcsik's arguments even if one does not share the interpretation."—Dr. Hubert Zimmerman. Journal of European Integration History

"This is an excellent book which uses a wide range of new empirical materials about the major decision points in the development of the European Union, and shows a mastery of the relevant theories and of the process of theorizing. Under both headings it is innovative and sophisticated, and deserves to be regarded as a major, even masterly contribution."—Nations and Nationalism

"Moravcsik's book is a purely retrospective study (and all the better for it), examining why sovereign governments in Europe have repeatedly chosen to coordinate their core economic policies and surrender sovereign prerogatives within an international institution. . . . The case argued by Moravcsik is powerful, well buttressed by evidence, and weighty. . . . This is an original and challenging account of European integration."—Adam Robbers, Times Literary Supplement

"Andrew Moravcsik has written a densely documented, well argued, intelligent, and aggressive book."—West European Politics

"Moravcsik's book provides the most comprehensive account of the history-making decisions setting up the EC/EU available. It will set the standards in European studies for the years to come. . . . This book represents an excellent synthesis of his work. . . . Moravcsik's particular strength is his ability to combine in-depth historical analysis with rigorous hypothesis testing. This is the main reason why this book constitutes a model for future research in European studies and elsewhere. . . . This is a path-breaking book. . . . It also contains a political message that is utterly relevant for the future of the European Union."—Thomas Risse, International Politics

"Moravcsik has produced a very well-written and ambitious work which addresses the flaws in previous scholarship on this issue. Simply stated, it is the best synthetic account of the European integration process currently available, and must be read by anyone with an interest in this intriguing issue."—Todd Alan Good, H-Net Reviews

"In The Choice for Europe, Andrew Moravcsik combines social science theory with extensive empirical research to produce the most compelling and significant analysis yet of the European Community."—Robert O. Keohane, Duke University

"Andrew Moravcsik has written the most thorough, and quite possibly the best, historical analysis of European integration extant."—Helen Milner, Columbia University

"This challenging volume will be read—and re-read—for its insights into West European integration. Moravcsik's painstakingly thorough study lays out the rich evidence for his probing analysis of European statecraft."—Helen Wallace, Director, ESRC One Europe Or Several Programme, Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134215416
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/11/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
File size:
3 MB

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