The New Intergovernmentalism: European Integration in the Post-Maastricht Era
Journal of Common Market Studies
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Bickerton, C., Hodson, D., & Puetter, U. (2014). The New Intergovernmentalism: European Integration in the Post-Maastricht Era. Journal of Common Market Studies, 53 703-722. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12212
The post-Maastricht period is marked by an integration paradox. While the basic constitutional features of the European Union have remained stable, EU activity has expanded to an unprecedented degree. This form of integration without supranationalism is no exception or temporary deviation from traditional forms of European integration. Rather, it is a distinct phase of European integration, what is called ‘the new intergovernmentalism’ in this article. This approach to post-Maastricht integration challenges theories that associate integration with transfers of competences from national capitals to supranational institutions and those that reduce integration to traditional socioeconomic or security-driven interests. This article explains the integration paradox in terms of transformations in Europe's political economy, changes in preference formation and the decline of the ‘permissive consensus’. It presents a set of six hypotheses that develop further the main claims of the new intergovernmentalism and that can be used as a basis for future research.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12212
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/248836