The European Union (EU) poses quite profound questions for scholars and students of the social and political sciences. This benchmark Handbook is designed to provide an authoritative state-of-the art guide to the scope of the field suitable for both established scholars and students of the EU; reflect and contribute to the debates about the nature of the field of EU studies and EU politics in particular; and explore in detail the development of the many approaches to the study of EU politics. Divided into four sections, the Handbook focuses on theorizing European integration; the EU as polity; politics and policy making in the EU; and the EU and the international system.

The Political Sciences of European Integration: Disciplinary History and EU Studies

The Political Sciences of European Integration: Disciplinary History and EU Studies

The political sciences of European integration: Disciplinary history and EU studies

Introduction

The task of writing disciplinary history is far from straightforward.1 Like all history, the composition of a narrative about a field is undertaken at a particular time and in a particular place – from a particular ‘subject position’ that may reflect certain biases which in turn follow from a multiplicity of concerns that follow from those temporal and spatial coordinates. ‘Formal’ disciplinary histories in any field are relatively rare, while stock-taking, ‘state of the art’ exegeses are found rather more often. More common still, though largely unacknowledged as exercises in disciplinary history, are those acts of framing and storytelling about a field's past that ...

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