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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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Understanding the New Intergovernmentalism

Understanding the New Intergovernmentalism

Pre- and Post-Maastricht EU Studies

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The New Intergovernmentalism

Simon Bulmer

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a critical examination of the new intergovernmentalism. It explores the post-Maastricht EU from which this theory derives its inspiration, including the challenge posed by differentiated integration. It contrasts the new intergovernmentalism with earlier integration theory to assess its distinctive contribution. In exploring the hypotheses derived from new intergovernmentalism, the chapter suggests ways forward as well as considering whether the new intergovernmentalism is genuinely novel. In particular, it suggests insights on the Maastricht Treaty from a historical institutionalist perspective. The chapter argues that new intergovernentalism offers a valuable assessment of the current state of integration and seeks to open the debate that the book is bound to unleash.

Keywords:   European Union, integration theory, new intergovernmentalism, differentiated integration, the Maastricht Treaty, historical institutionalism

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