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    The new intergovernmentalism: European integration in the post-Maastricht era

    Bickerton, C.J. and Hodson, Dermot and Puetter, U. (2015) The new intergovernmentalism: European integration in the post-Maastricht era. Journal of Common Market Studies 53 (4), pp. 703-722. ISSN 0021-9886.

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    Abstract

    The post-Maastricht period is marked by an integration paradox. While the basic constitutional features of the European Union have remained stable, EU activity has expanded to an unprecedented degree. This form of integration without supranationalism is no exception or temporary deviation from traditional forms of European integration. Rather, it is a distinct phase of European integration, what is called ‘the new intergovernmentalism’ in this article. This approach to post-Maastricht integration challenges theories that associate integration with transfers of competences from national capitals to supranational institutions and those that reduce integration to traditional socioeconomic or security-driven interests. This article explains the integration paradox in terms of transformations in Europe's political economy, changes in preference formation and the decline of the ‘permissive consensus’. It presents a set of six hypotheses that develop further the main claims of the new intergovernmentalism and that can be used as a basis for future research.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Research Centre: British Politics and Public Life, Centre for the Study of
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 12:25
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 15:23
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11050

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