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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.

National Interests
National interests

The study of national interests in contemporary Europe is at the same time richly rewarding and terribly frustrating.1 Rewarding because European states' postwar institutionalization among themselves and with the broader international arena has made the processes of interest formation fascinating to study. A now common observation, but with far-reaching implications for the study of interests, is that Europe represents the most advanced institutional setting of multilateralism to manage political and economic interdependence the modern world has ever seen. The willingness of European states, and in particular, the members of the European Union (EU), to ‘pool’ sovereignty and deepen collective policy-making competencies is what sets Europe apart from other regions and is unparalleled in today's international system. But frustration, too, is felt by ...

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