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The European Union (EU) poses quite profound questions for scholars and students of the social and political sciences. This benchmark Handbook is designed to provide an authoritative state-of-the art guide to the scope of the field suitable for both established scholars and students of the EU; reflect and contribute to the debates about the nature of the field of EU studies and EU politics in particular; and explore in detail the development of the many approaches to the study of EU politics. Divided into four sections, the Handbook focuses on theorizing European integration; the EU as polity; politics and policy making in the EU; and the EU and the international system.

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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