Chapter

Introduction

Boyka Stefanova

in The Europeanisation of Conflict Resolutions

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719083396
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703175 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719083396.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter explains the objective of this volume, which is to explore the peace and conflict resolution role of European integration by testing its somewhat vague, albeit well-established, macro-political rationale of a peace project in the practical settings of conflicts. It examines how the European Union is causally important for conflict resolution by using analytical tools specific to integration studies, drawing upon theories and frameworks explaining the modus operandi of European integration. This volume argues that European integration as a peace project cannot be explained by macro-level theories as they tend to prioritise individual aspects of the phenomenon leaving aside the potential interaction effects of these attributes. It provides case studies of conflict resolution related to the Franco-German relationship, Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Kosovo/Serbia conflict.

Keywords: conflict resolution; European integration; European Union; Franco-German relationship; Northern Ireland; Cyprus; Kosovo/Serbia conflict

Chapter.  9033 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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