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Leaderless Europe

Jack Hayward


From the 1950s, successive incarnations of European integration were intended to be leaderless. They have shown that much can be achieved without sustained leadership. Attachment to national sovereignty of elites and mass populations has meant that in practice confederalism has been implicitly accepted for the foreseeable future. Three issue clusters are clarified in this book. First, who provided the impetus to integration? Particular insiders episodically exerted decisive innovative influence, while conciliating the jealous champions of national sovereignty, illustrated in this book by case ... More

Keywords: leadership, integration, confederalism, national sovereignty, agenda-setting, Franco-German tandem

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199535026
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535026.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Hayward, editor
Research Professor of Politics, University of Hull
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Part I Who Led Europe?

Part II Why is Europe Currently Leaderless?

Part III Where Can Political Leadership Come From?

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