Situating the Argument
Legal History, Institutional Change, and Integration Theory
This chapter relates the argument of the book to the existing literature on European integration. It entails three elements: placing European integration within an historiographical framework emphasizing the emergence of modern administrative governance, thus challenging certain common misunderstandings of the ‘administrative’ label applied to integration; the role of ‘delegation’ as a historically constructed normative-legal principle—a ‘resistance norm’—defining the relationship between constitutional principals and administrative agents; and finally, the critical importance of national antecedents in establishing the legitimating structures and normative principles of the postwar constitutional settlement of administrative governance on which European integration would build in the 1950s.
Keywords: European integration, integration historiography, delegation, resistance norm, legitimacy resources, institutionalism, political change, cultural change, functional change, national antecedents, multilevel governance, functionalism
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