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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 3: The Consensual Phase: Autonomy Through Control
The Consensual Phase: Autonomy Through Control
Autonomy Through Control
At a time when neofunctionalism was losing its original appeal, with Haas critically refining his earlier formulations on the automaticity of the spillover effect, a sense of renewed theoretical excitement was set in train by other approaches, focusing more on international cooperation than regional integration per se; confederalism, regime theory, the interdependence school and the concordance systems approach being among the most prominent. Although confederalism is not usually classified as a theory of European integration, it offers a general framework for understanding the state-centric properties of the regional process and the relationship between the Community and the state as a ...