Reflections on European Integration: 50 Years of the Treaty by David Phinnemore, Alex Warleigh-Lack

By David Phinnemore, Alex Warleigh-Lack

Exploring the improvement of the ecu Union and the ways that it's been studied over fifty years, this e-book attracts on contributions by way of a few of the worlds best students within the box, it maps the earlier and current of either the ecu and european experiences, prior to commencing a provocative time table for destiny paintings within the region.

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In this view, EP powers have been increased over time to enhance the parliamentary legitimacy of policymaking based on member states’ institutional experiences of national integration and models, while ideas-based federalist initiatives like the European Political Community of 1953 have invariably failed. Finally, some scholars have also stressed the importance of constitutional ideas and political leadership for the origins and evolution of the EU. Thus, Jachtenfuchs (2002) has made a strong case for the influence of culturally embedded world views and ideological preferences for supranationalism for the constitutional evolution of the EU from the ECSC Treaty through to the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the Treaty of Amsterdam.

With a high point in the 1970s, many continental European academic systems experienced heated debates over the pre-eminence of domestic or foreign policy priorities for political processes and decision-making and over the related issue of the relative importance of what social scientists would call structure versus agency. One excellent example of this cleavage is the sharp controversy between the German historians Wehler (1975) and Hillgruber (1973). These debates with their national subtexts largely set social and diplomatic historians against one another and contributed to the development of traditionalist fortress mentalities.

2009). Finally, EU politics has long-term dimensions going back before 1945 – not in the sense of ideas about Europe since Thomas of Aquinas but of the influence of culturally embedded norms, behavioural patterns and political language and discourses. These days, to emphasise such long-term cultural dimensions of EU politics probably makes a political scientist a sociological institutionalist or constructivist, but a historian, someone with common sense. It would seem futile to analyse EU attitudes to the Turkish membership question without an appreciation of the historical relations of Europe with Islam.

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