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Explaining outcomes of decision-making at the European level has occupied scholars since the late 1950s, yet analysts continue to disagree on the most important factors in the process. In this book, Arne Niemann examines the interplay of the supranational, governmental and non-governmental actors involved in EU integration, along with the influence of domestic, supranational and international structures. The book restates and develops neofunctionalism as an approach for explaining decisions in the European Union and assesses the usefulness of the revised neofunctionalist framework on three case studies: the emergence and development of the PHARE programme, the reform of the Common Commercial Policy, and the communitarisation of visa, asylum and immigration policy. Niemann argues that this classic theory can be modified in such a way as to draw on a wider theoretical repertoire and that many micro-level concepts can sensibly be accommodated within his larger neofunctionalist framework.Read more
- Develops a fresh approach to the classic theory of EU decision-making
- Includes an extensive methodology section which makes research design particularly transparent
- Will appeal to academic researchers and graduate students in European and comparative politics
Reviews & endorsements
"A major contribution to the ‘theory-grounded’ literature on European integration. This should become an ‘incontourable’ reference for all serious students of the process."
-Philippe Schmitter, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, ItalySee more reviews
"With this concise book Arne Niemann provides a refreshingly new assessment and important further development of neofunctionalism as a long-term theory in European integration studies. The work succeeds admirably in presenting a much debated and not entirely uncontested theoretical approach in an exciting and most convincing way. The strength of Niemann's excellent contribution lies in theorising ‘countervailing forces’ based on a dialectical approach, and in sustaining this important theoretical innovation by thorough and extensive empirical research. This book will prove a landmark for theoretical debates in European integration and regional integration more generally; in addition, it is highly recommended as required reading on classes that address integration theories."
-Professor Antje Wiener, Chair in International Relations and Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, School of Politics & International Studies, Queens University Belfast
"...we are offered a very carefully crafted theory that genuinely provides a new and potentially fruitful framework for analyzing decisions in the EU. The deterministic, grand theorizing that epitomized early neofunctionalism is jettisoned in favor of a partial theory, albeit one with wide-ranging applicability, that conceives integration as a dialectical process—that is, as the outcome of the interaction between dynamic and countervailing forces (i.e., pro-integration and anti-integration forces, respectively). This dialectic lends the theory a capacity to explain both when attempts at further integration fail and when they succeed, and it is in this that Niemann’s revised neofunctionalism has its greatest value….In short, Niemann’s goal is to explain decisions in the EU, but he genuinely offers a ‘theory of integration,’ not just a theory of the EU."
-Ian Down, Comparative Political Studies
"Arne Niemann's detailed book provides a window into the opaque decision-making process of the European Union...the book represents a novel synthesis of different strands of EU theorizing and makes a cogent argument for taking another look at neofunctionalism."
-Dorothee Heisenberg, Political Science Quarterly
"...the book provides an interesting and well researched analysis of decision making in the EU."
- Rasmus Brun Pedersen, Springer
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- Date Published: February 2007
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521864053
- length: 382 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.74kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of tables
List of abbreviations
1. Theoretical framework and research design
2. The emergence and development of the PHARE programme
3. The reform of the common commercial policy
4. The communitarisation of visa, asylum and immigration policy
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