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`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 insigh.t' - Geoffrey Edwards, Cambridge University 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.
Chapter 1: Integration Theory and its Uses
Integration Theory and its Uses
In Defence of Theory
Theory and good social science are mutual reinforcements. This is the underlying premise of this book, based on the following intellectual proposition: theory generates pluralism, pluralism produces choice, choice creates alternatives, alternatives formulate debate, debate encourages communication, communication increases awareness, awareness minimizes dogmatism and, in this way, there is a propensity to develop a greater and better understanding of social phenomena. This is a book about the theoretical study of European integration, rather than the praxis and assorted praxeology of the regional process per se. To reflect on a recent paradigm shift in ...