Making History: European Integration and Institutional Change at Fifty

Paperback | May 24, 2007

EditorSophie Meunier, Kathleen R. McNamarabyKathleen R

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Fifty years ago, the leaders of six European states signed the Treaty of Rome, creating the European Economic Community and launching the process of European integration. From that starting point evolved today's European Union (EU), the most successful example of institutionalized politicalcooperation in history. The EU now encompasses a much broader array of responsibilities than originally planned, its membership has widened to 25 countries, and its legislation and jurisprudence has come to supersede national law. Contestation has accompanied success, however, and the intensedebate in many European countries over the EU Constitution throughout the course of 2005 revealed deep divisions between and within European countries around issues such as EU institutions, the elusive European identity, a European economic malaise, and the role of the EU as a world power. Was theconstitutional crisis a turning point for European integration? This volume argues that the EU today may be at a crossroads--not because of the failed referenda but rather because of the unresolved tensions in European governance not banished with the referenda's defeat. Meunier and McNamara'scollection is the first to comprehensively examine these challenging issues using the tools of historical institutionalism to analyze the past and future political and institutional trajectory of the European Union across a wide variety of policy areas. Together, the volume's authors provide aremarkably coherent theoretical approach to the key questions facing Europe, drawing a portrait of the EU today that reveals a robust, but not invulnerable, set of institutions and practices

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Fifty years ago, the leaders of six European states signed the Treaty of Rome, creating the European Economic Community and launching the process of European integration. From that starting point evolved today's European Union (EU), the most successful example of institutionalized politicalcooperation in history. The EU now encompasse...

Sophie Meunier is a Research Scholar in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She is the author of Trading Voices: The European Union in International Commercial Negotiations http://www.pupress.princeton.edu/titles/8084.html (Princeton University Press, August 2005) and The French Challenge: Adapting to Globalizati...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:May 24, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Sophie Meunier and Kathleen McNamara: IntroductionPart 1 The Past and Future of European Institutional Integration1. Andrew Moravcsik: The European Constitutional Settlement2. R. Daniel Kelemen: Built to Last? The Durability of EU Federalism3. Dorothee Heisenberg: Informal Decision-Making in the Council: The Secret of the EU's Success?4. Karen J. Alter and David Steinberg: The Theory and Reality of the European Coal and Steel Community5. Milada Anna Vachudova: Historical Institutionalism and the EU's Eastward EnlargementPart 2 The Politics of Markets6. Abraham Newman: Protecting Privacy in Europe: Administrative Feedbacks and Regional Politics7. Elliot Posner: Financial Transformation in the European Union8. Orfeo Fioretos: The European Company Statute and the Governance Dilemma9. Tim Buthe: The Politics of Competition and Institutional Change in European Union: The First Fifty Years10. Amy Verdun: A Historical Institutionalist Analysis of the Road to Economic and Monetary Union: A Journey with Many CrossroadsPart 3 Law and Society11. Berthold Rittberger and Frank Schimmelfennig: The Constitutionalization of the European Union: Explaining the Parliamentarization and Institutionalization of Human Rights12. Willem Maas: The Evolution of EU Citizenship13. Ailish Johnson: EU Social Policy, or, How Far Up Do You Like Your Safety Net?Part 4 The EU as a Sovereign State in World Politics14. Roy H. Ginsberg and Michael E. Smith: Understanding the European Union as a Global Political Actor: Theory, Practice, and Impact15. John Peterson and Alasdair R. Young: Trade and Transatlantic Relations: Old Dogs and New Tricks16. Mary Farrell: From EU Model to External Policy?