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Explaining Informal Accords

Jeffrey Stacey

in Integrating Europe

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584765
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723506 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584765.003.0004
 Explaining Informal Accords

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This is the first of four chapters that present the evidence for testing the book's theory. The chapter begins by briefly discussing the book's methodology, before constructing a comprehensive test of the predictions of the book's theoretical model. After a brief recapitulation of the argument, the next section comprises a rich taxonomy of the EU's informal accords that provides some of the book's most compelling empirical evidence. This section takes stock of the cumulative effect of informal accords, providing part of the capstone evidence necessary to evaluate the book's primary hypothesis test. Before going on to present comprehensive case study evidence in the ensuing chapters, this chapter's third and fourth sections serve to present a bevy of evidence in support of the argument's core hypotheses including the results of Eurobarometer polling data that highlights how the pressure on EU Member States to augment European democracy has increased over time.

Keywords: methodology; hypothesis test; theory; evidence; taxonomy; democracy; democratic deficit; polling; Eurobarometer

Chapter.  10188 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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