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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 4: Paradigm Shift: From Policy to Polity
Paradigm Shift: From Policy to Polity
The mid-1980s became dominated by claims of a ‘neofunctionalist comeback’, modified in nature, yet easily discernible in scope.1 Processes of negative integration at the market level were linked to the development of a wide range of policies, while new pressures towards task expansion were greatly facilitated by an emergent neoliberal consensus among the member state governments. Neofunctionalist spillovers were expected to mark their impact on a difficult transition from a ‘Business Europe’ to a ‘People's Europe’. In overall terms, the functions of the Community political system not only seemed to have produced new expectations for European leaders ...