Shaping Europe: France, Germany, and Embedded Bilateralism from the Elysee Treaty to Twenty-First Century Politics by Ulrich KrotzShaping Europe: France, Germany, and Embedded Bilateralism from the Elysee Treaty to Twenty-First Century Politics by Ulrich Krotz

Shaping Europe: France, Germany, and Embedded Bilateralism from the Elysee Treaty to Twenty-First…

byUlrich Krotz, Joachim Schild

Paperback | March 12, 2015

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France and Germany have played a pivotal role in the history and politics of European integration. Yet, paradoxically, a study that systematically investigates the interrelated reality of Franco-German bilateralism and multilateral European integration has been conspicuously lacking.Formulating an approach the authors call "embedded bilateralism", this book offers exactly that. It scrutinizes in empirical and historical detail the bilateral Franco-German order and France and Germany's joint role in shaping Europe over the past half century. The book addresses two key questions regarding France and Germany in Europe from the Elysee Treaty to the twenty-first century: Why have France and Germany continued to hang together in an especially tight relationship for over five decades amidst frequently dramatic domestic change, lastingdifferences, and fundamental international transformation? And why has the joint Franco-German impact on shaping Europe's polity and European policies, while fundamental, proved so uneven across political domains and time? In answer to the first question, Shaping Europe argues that the actions andpractices of the Franco-German order - its regularized bilateral intergovernmentalism, symbolic acts and practices, and parapublic underpinnings - together have rendered this bilateral connection historically resilient and politically adaptable. Regarding the second question, the book holds thatdifferent combinations of a limited number of factors located at the bilateral, domestic, regional European, and international levels explain central aspects of variation. Together, these factors condition and modulate France and Germany's joint impact on Europe. In pursuing its research questions, theoretical work, historical reconstructions, and empirical analyses, Shaping Europe fruitfully combines the study of European integration, EU politics and policymaking, Franco-German affairs, and French and German politics with general theorizing and conceptualgrounding in international relations and political science.
Ulrich Krotz is Professor at the European University Institute, Chair in International Relations and European Politics, both in the Political Science Department and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. Joachim Schild is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Trier.
Title:Shaping Europe: France, Germany, and Embedded Bilateralism from the Elysee Treaty to Twenty-First…Format:PaperbackDimensions:354 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:March 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Figures and TablesAcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroduction: France and Germany in Europe1. Bilateral Regional Polity and Policy Shaping2. Regularized Bilateral Intergovernmentalism3. Carolingian Symbols and Meaning4. Parapublic Underpinnings of a Bilateral Relationship5. Polity Shaping I: Building Regional Institutions6. Polity Shaping II: The Politics of Enlargement7. Making, Shaping, and Limiting European Markets8. Monetary Cooperation and Integration9. Foreign and Security Policy: Occasional Leadership10. Embedded Bilateralism in EuropeNotesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"... Ulrich Krotz and Joachim Schild have provided all students of European and international politics with a special gift-a theoretically highly original, empirically rich, and historically informed analysis of Europe's most important relationship. This splendid book invites us to exploreembedded bilateralism as a distinctive type of international relations. The rewards are fully commensurate with the political occasion this book marks." --Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University