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Tanja A. Börzel & Thomas Risse

In: Handbook of European Union Politics

Chapter 25: Europeanization: The Domestic Impact of European Union Politics

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Europeanization: The Domestic Impact of European Union Politics
Europeanization: The domestic impact of European Union politics
Introduction

From Ernst Haas's legendary contribution The Uniting of Europe in 1958 (Haas 1958) to Andrew Moravcsik's The Choice for Europe in 1998 (Moravcsik 1998), the study of European integration has consisted of trying to understand and explain the ‘Brussels processes’ – the dynamics of European policy-making and European integration.1 This is not surprising, since a new polity was in the making and required analysis. These were also the days of the theoretical battles among the various ‘isms’, from federalism and (neo-)functionalism to (liberal) intergovernmentalism and, most recently, social constructivism (on the latter see Christiansen et al. 2001). Yet, the ‘dependent variable’ of these efforts always remained the same: The focus ...

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