The New Intergovernmentalism: States and Supranational Actors in the Post-Maastricht Era

Hardcover | August 16, 2015

EditorChristopher J. Bickerton, Dermot Hodson, Uwe Puetter

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The twenty years since the signing of the Maastricht Treaty have been marked by an integration paradox: although the scope of European Union (EU) activity has increased at an unprecedented pace, this increase has largely taken place in the absence of significant new transfers of power tosupranational institutions along traditional lines. Conventional theories of European integration struggle to explain this paradox because they equate integration with the empowerment of specific supranational institutions under the traditional Community method. New governance scholars, meanwhile,have not filled this intellectual void, preferring instead to focus on specific deviations from the Community method rather than theorizing about the evolving nature of the European project.The New Intergovernmentalism challenges established assumptions about how member states behave, what supranational institutions want, and where the dividing line between high and low politics is located, and develops a new theoretical framework known as the new intergovernmentalism. The fifteen chapters in this volume by leading political scientists, political economists, and legal scholars explore the scope and limits of the new intergovernmentalism as a theory of post-Maastricht integration and draw conclusions about the profound state of political disequilibrium in which theEU operates. This book is of relevance to EU specialists seeking new ways of thinking about European integration and policy-making, and general readers who wish to understand what has happened to the EU in the two troubled decades since 1992.

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The twenty years since the signing of the Maastricht Treaty have been marked by an integration paradox: although the scope of European Union (EU) activity has increased at an unprecedented pace, this increase has largely taken place in the absence of significant new transfers of power tosupranational institutions along traditional line...

Christopher Bickerton is University Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Queen's College Cambridge. He has published widely on international politics and European integration and is the author of European Union Foreign Policy: From Effectiveness to Functionality (Palgrave...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.15 inPublished:August 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198703617

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1. Christopher Bickerton, Dermot Hodson, and Uwe Puetter: The New Intergovernmentalism and the Study of European IntegrationPart I: Changing Conceptions of Law and Politics Post-Maastricht2. Christopher Bickerton: A Union of Member States: State Transformation and the New Intergovernmentalism3. Paul James Cardwell and Tamara Hervey: The Roles of Law in a New Intergovernmentalist European Union4. Thomas Christiansen: Institutionalist Dynamics behind the New Intergovernmentalism: The Continuous Process of EU Treaty ReformPart II: Selected EU Policy Domains Since 19925. Michael E. Smith: The New Intergovernmentalism and Experiential Learning in the Common Security and Defence Policy6. Sarah Wolff: Integrating in Justice and Home Affairs: A Case of New Intergovernmentalism Par Excellence?7. Lucia Quaglia and David Howarth: The New Intergovernmentalism in Financial Regulation and European Banking UnionPart III: EU Institutions in the Post-Maastricht Period8. Uwe Puetter: The European Council: The Centre of New Intergovernmentalism9. John Peterson: The Commission and the New Intergovernmentalism: Calm within the Storm?10. Marie-Pierre F. Granger: The Court of Justice's Dilemma: Between 'More Europe' and 'Constitutional Mediation'11. Marzena Kloka and Susanne K. Schmidt: Legislative and Judicial Politics in the Post-Maastricht Era: The Intergovernmentalist Paradox in the Council of Ministers12. Johannes Pollak and Peter Slominski: The European Parliament: Adversary or Accomplice of the New Intergovernmentalism?13. Dermot Hodson: De Novo bodies and the New Intergovernmentalism: The Case of the European Central BankPart IV: Critique and Conclusions14. Simon Bulmer: Understanding the New Intergovernmentalism: Pre- and Post-Maastricht EU Studies15. Christopher Bickerton, Dermot Hodson, and Uwe Puetter: Conclusions: The Post-Maastricht Period and Beyond