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Theorizing European Integration

Theorizing European Integration

First Edition

August 2001 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Theorizing European Integration provides a comprehensive introduction to the theoretical study of the European Union (EU) and European integration. It combines perspectives from international relations, comparative politics and social and political theory, offering a complete overview of the many competing approaches that have sought to capture and explain the evolving European polity. Amongst the many contemporary issues and themes addressed are processes of treaty reform, democratization, polity-formation and the prospects for consociational governance.

Integration Theory and its Uses
Formative Theories
Structure versus Process

The Consensual Phase
Autonomy through Control

Paradigm Shift
From Policy to Polity

Theorizing the European Consociation
Capturing the Normative Turn

`This thoughtful and original critique of integration theories is a most welcome addition to the literature on the EU. Dimitris Chryssochoou's perceptive and thought-provoking analysis offers many original insights and will be a valuable reference tool for those interested in contemporary Europe' -

Glenda G Rosenthal, Columbia University

`An essential text for all serious students of the European Union... it produces sharp insights and a sense of the totality of what has been achieved' - Paul Taylor, London School of Economics and Political Science

`This is a highly sophisticated exercise in theorizing about the European Union that splendidly achieves its objective... Chryssochoou has provided an exceptionally good guide, useful, shrewd and full of insight' - Geoffrey Edwards, Cambridge University

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