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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 Post-Maastricht Period and Beyond

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The New Intergovernmentalism

Christopher J. Bickerton

Dermot Hodson

Uwe Puetter

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the key themes of this volume and reflects on future avenues of research regarding the new intergovernmentalism. It considers whether and how the preceding chapters speak to the six hypotheses set out in the introduction and asks whether the post-Maastricht period is here to stay. The new intergovernmentalism, it is also argued, suffers from fewer problems of generalizability compared to existing theories of integration. This is not only because the EU has become more like other regional and international organizations but also because new intergovernmental dynamics are discernible in international as well as European politics over the last two decades.

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

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