European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States by Chris J. Bickerton

European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States

byChris J. Bickerton

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European integration confuses citizens and scholars alike. It appears to transfer power away from national capitals towards Brussels yet a close study of the EU reveals the absence of any real leap towards supranationalism. The EU is dominated by cooperation between national representativesand national officials yet it continually appears to us as something external and separate from national political life. This book takes on these paradoxes by arguing that European integration should no longer be studied as the transcendence of states or as merely an expression of national interests. Rather, we should approach it as a process of state transformation. This transformation is from nation-state to memberstate. The book explores in detail the concept of member state, arguing that it provides us with the best tool for understanding the European integration process.Member states differ from traditional nation-states. They are not founded on the idea of popular sovereignty or the nation. They rest upon the idea that the governance of domestic societies requires external frameworks of rule that can bind the hands of national politicians. National authority isthus exercised through external rules and norms. Member statehood differs from earlier forms of statehood because it rests upon a presumption of conflict between state and society rather than an identity of interests between ruler and ruled.The book outlines in empirical detail these mysteries and paradoxes of European integration. It then outlines in detail the theory and history of member statehood. It applies the concept of member state to the study of two EU policy areas: macro-economic governance and foreign and securitypolicy.

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Chris J. Bickerton obtained his PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford. He has taught at Oxford and the University of Amsterdam and is currently Associate Professor of International Relations at Sciences Po, Paris. He has published widely on international politics and European integration and is the author of Euro...
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Title:European Integration: From Nation-States to Member StatesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:January 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgementsList of AcronymsList of Figures and TablesIntroductionPart I1. Europe's Compromising Union2. The Member State Paradigm3. From Nation-States to Member States: A Brief HistoryPart II4. European Economic Integration and State Transformation5. From Nation-States to Member States in European Foreign PolicyConclusionBibliographyIndex