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European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States

Chris J. Bickerton


European integration has traditionally been understood as a struggle between national sovereignty and pan-European supranational governance. Optimists see in the EU’s evolution an inexorable step towards a federal Europe. Pessimists point to enduring national rivalries and conflicts, made all the more bitter by the ongoing economic crisis in Europe. This book argues that both sides to this debate fail to explain key features of today’s EU. Whilst cooperation between national governments becomes deeper and more extensive, we see no grand leaps towards supranationalism. At the same time, though ... More

Keywords: European integration, nation states, member states, democracy, technocracy, state transformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199606252
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris J. Bickerton, author
Associate Professor of International Relations at Sciences Po, Paris