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 Politics of European Union Domestic Order

The Politics of European Union Domestic Order

The politics of European Union domestic order


For a policy field such as internal security where the ‘touch of stateness’ has been particularly profound, the development of an EU politics of domestic order is a remarkable development (Weiler 1999: 270). This chapter looks at explanations for why, when, and how these developments occurred and at some of the key ideas that have underpinned this relatively new area for EU studies. Since the 1980s there has been ‘a disjointed incrementalism par excellence (Lavenex and Wallace 2005: 465) culminating with attempts to realize the ‘big idea’ of the Amsterdam Treaty, which was the creation of an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). The rationale for action in the areas of ...

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