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European Integration Theory by Antje Wiener

By Antje Wiener

Systematically revised and up-to-date all through, this ground-breaking textual content offers an outline of all of the significant techniques to ecu integration. every one writer displays at the improvement, achievements and difficulties in their procedure, and discusses historic and present problems with eu integration. The concluding bankruptcy then relatively assesses the strengths and weaknesses of every method and appears on the rising matters. New to this variation: · new chapters at the political idea of ecu integration and important concept · End-of-chapter questions

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This is a mistake because confederation is significant for a deeper understanding of what is meant by a federal Europe. Murray Forsyth (1981) has defined confederation as a union of states in a body politic in contrast to a federation that is a union of individuals in a body politic, suggesting the unity of one people or nation. Conceptually, of course, the matter is neither as simple nor as straightforward as these definitions would imply because the distinctions between federation and confederation are in practice sometimes rather blurred and imprecise, but they do nonetheless convey the basic historical differences between these phenomena (see also Riley 1973).

Federalism and European Integration I will begin with a short survey of the origins of the federal idea together with a sketch outline of its relationship to the modern state in Europe. This historical and philosophical background context is crucial to a basic understanding of the relevant contemporary concepts and their interrelationships. Consequently there is a need to define our fundamental concepts first, such as federalism, federation, confederation, the modern state, and European integration, before our exploration can proceed.

The conceptual framework that is adopted, as mentioned above, determines both the possibilities and the limitations of comparative federalism and the EU. However, one area that constitutes both a limitation and a possibility lies in the underdeveloped field of multinational federalism. lUAUSIIIl 35 the idea of a federal Europe, however it is defined, embraces the fixed conception of a multinational EU. This fundamental attribute is widely acknowledged to be a feature that is simply inescapable and cannot be erased.

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