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The New IntergovernmentalismStates and Supranational Actors in the Post-Maastricht Era$
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Christopher J. Bickerton, Dermot Hodson, and Uwe Puetter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198703617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703617.001.0001

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The New Intergovernmentalism and the Study of European Integration

The New Intergovernmentalism and the Study of European Integration

(p.1) 1 The New Intergovernmentalism and the Study of European Integration
The New Intergovernmentalism

Christopher J. Bickerton

Dermot Hodson

Uwe Puetter

Oxford University Press

The new intergovernmentalism is a novel theoretical framework for the study of European integration in the post-Maastricht era. European Union activity has increased since 1992 in ways that existing theoretical approaches struggle to explain. Policy deliberation among member state governments, the complicity of supranational actors with the new mechanisms for intergovernmental policy coordination and problems in preference formation are key features of contemporary integration. Transformations in political economy and political representation are central to the understanding of these new dynamics of integration. This chapter puts forward six testable hypotheses that seek to elucidate, explain, and understand the implications of the integration paradox for contemporary EU integration. The six hypotheses are aimed at informing new empirical research about institutional change and the evolution of individual EU policy areas in the post-Maastricht period. They provide the main reference point for the other contributions in this volume.

Keywords:   European Union, integration theory, integration paradox Maastricht, new intergovernmentalism, supranational institutions, high politics, preference formation, political economy

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