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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.

Theorizing the European Consociation
Theorizing the european consociation

The themes examined in this chapter touch upon some of the issues that have been at the heart of integration scholarship for some time now: the changing conditions of sovereign statehood in contemporary Europe, the role of consensual and majoritarian modes of decision-making in determining integration outcomes, and the relationship between popular fragmentation and stable governance. Exploring these issues reflects a concern with consociational theory and its validity in portraying the Union as a system of consensus elite government within which the development of patterns of political co-determination among the member state executives has preserved, ...

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