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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.

Competing Visions of European Union
Competing visions of European Union

The rise and institutionalization of the supranational European Union is often seen as the most novel transformation in postwar European politics. The only development that can rival it for broad importance on the postwar scene — the fall of communism and the reintegration of East and West — fits more comfortably in fairly traditional narratives of the ebb and flow of ideologies and empires. The EU, by contrast, is generally perceived as marking an explicit departure from longstanding historical patterns. Its federalizing project has recast the locus and major principles of political authority across the continent and shifted the distribution of a large volume of tangible resources. At a global level, these changes have typically been ...

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