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European Stories: An Introduction

Justine Lacroix and Kalypso Nicolaïdis

in European Stories

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199594627
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595738 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594627.003.0001
European Stories: An Introduction

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The editors provide a brief overview of debates over Europe and the European Union in the longue durée, and set the use of the term “intellectual” in historical context. They then question the (near) absence of intellectual debates on European integration during the Cold War, suggesting explanations for the paradox of an apparent loss of interest in discussing the European project just as it was becoming an institutional reality. The third section suggests that the myriad of visions and positions on the EU in the last two decades can be clustered around three distinct normative models – national, supra‐national, and transnational‐ (the first two being statist)– variants of which can be found across national contexts. Finally, the introduction provides an outline of the volume as a whole through an overview of its chapters.

Keywords: intellectual; federalism; European Union

Chapter.  12519 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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