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The European Union After Amsterdam: Towards a Theoretical Approach to (Differentiated) Integration

Sieglinde Gstöhl

in The State of the European Union

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297574
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598982 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297572.003.0003
The European Union After Amsterdam: Towards a Theoretical Approach to (Differentiated) Integration

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This chapter presents a theoretical framework to analyse the interaction between ‘history-making’ and ‘everyday’ practices of integration in the EU. The framework, based on liberal intergovernmentalism and institutionalised international governance, was applied to the Amsterdam Treaty as a plausibility test. The framework provided insights on how future politics of ‘everyday integration’ may interact with the ‘grand bargain’ of the Treaty, including the consequences of the 2000 intergovernmental conference.

Keywords: European Union; integration; liberal intergovernmentalism; institutionalised international governance; theoretical framework

Chapter.  8854 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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