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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.

‘The European and the Universal Process’? European Union Studies, New Regionalism and Global Governance
‘The european and the universal process’? European Union studies, new regionalism and global governance

In one of his classic articles (Haas 1961), whose subtitle is of course echoed in the title of this chapter, Ernst Haas argued that the European experiment with international integration should be reproduced in other parts of the globe in the name of what we might now call ‘good governance’. However, neofunctionalists such as Haas were ultimately less than sanguine about the feasibility of such mimicry (Nye 1971). They also considered that even if it were to occur, the spreading of the ‘European model’ would in all likelihood detract from ‘universal’ (or global) integration, because it would create ...

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