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Rush to UnionUnderstanding the European Federal Bargain$
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David McKay

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198280583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198280583.001.0001

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Understanding European Union II: 1983–1992

Understanding European Union II: 1983–1992

(p.67) 4 Understanding European Union II: 1983–1992
Rush to Union

David McKay

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the more influential explanations invoked to explain the Single European Act (SEA) and the Maastricht Treaty. Most of the contributions on the SEA and Maastricht emphasize not only the interaction of domestic political actors and interests with the supranational institutions of the EC but also the international economic context in which these interactions took place. The chapter provides an alternative explanation based on adaptation of William H. Riker's theory of federalism. It argues that Riker's theory on the emergence of federal states is applicable to the European situation because internal and external military threats existed.

Keywords:   Single European Act, Maastricht Treaty, European community, federal states, William H. Riker, supranational institutions

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