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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.

Capturing the Normative Turn
Capturing the normative turn

The thesis advanced in this chapter is that the increasingly overwhelming literature on European integration still leaves much to be desired from a metatheoretical perspective. That is to say, from the standpoint of theorizing both about a fast-growing corpus of regional integration theory and about the study of the discipline using the language of normative discourse. Indeed, a considerable part of the theoretical acquis is largely informed by the explanations, as well as analytical and methodological insights, offered by various state-centric and euro-centric approaches to the structural arrangements, behavioural characteristics and operational dynamics of politics, policy and governance ...

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