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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 2: Formative Theories: Structure v. Process
Formative Theories: Structure v. Process
This chapter focuses on the principal intellectual tools employed by students of international integration to enrich our understanding of the then nascent institutional structures of the Community system. In large measure, such an investigation was informed by a functionalist, process-driven understanding of the nature of international integration. In this context, the usefulness of functionalist and neofunctionalist theory becomes easily apparent. Equally crucial, however, is to evaluate the contribution of federalist theory to an alternative view of European integration that placed greater emphasis on the end-product of the process, in the form of a formal constitutional settlement at the larger level. Finally, transactionalism was of great importance to the first ...