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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.
Chapter 5: Disciplinary Perspectives on EU Politics: History, Law, Economics and Sociology
Disciplinary Perspectives on EU Politics: History, Law, Economics and Sociology
The subject of this volume is the politics of the European Union, and the primary disciplinary perspective of the book is that of political science. The discipline of political science, as we have seen in the last three chapters, incorporates a broad range of approaches to social-scientific inquiry, and should not be seen itself as a single, monolithic ‘approach’ to the study of the EU. Nevertheless, we would argue that related disciplines have made significant contributions to our understanding of the process of European integration, the workings of the EU as a political system, and the public policy outputs of that system. ...