New directions in theory-building

Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, Michael J. Tsinisizelis, Stelios Stavridis and Kostas Ifantis

in Theory and Reform in the European Union

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780719049910
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700242 | DOI:
New directions in theory-building

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This chapter examines the latest theoretical trends and the two treaty revisions that occurred during the mid-1980s and early 1990s, introducing the Single European Act and the Treaty on European Union (TEU), which resulted from the treaty revisions, and neofunctionalism, which re-emerged as the leading theory of European integration. The next part studies the state of theorising European integration in the 1990s in relation to the constitutional and political physiognomy of the Maastricht Treaty. The final part of the chapter focuses on the new theoretical approaches, which include the fusion thesis and new institutionalism.

Keywords: treaty revisions; latest theoretical trends; new theoretical approaches; Single European Act; TEU; neofunctionalism; leading theory; Maastricht Treaty; political physiognomy

Chapter.  12115 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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