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European Integration Theory

Third Edition

Antje Wiener, Tanja A. Börzel, and Thomas Risse

19 December 2018

ISBN: 9780198737315

360 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

The most comprehensive and up-to-date textbook on European integration theory written by leading international scholars.


With coverage of both traditional and critical theories and approaches to European integration and their application, this is the most comprehensive textbook on European integration theory and an essential guide for all students and scholars interested in the subject.

  • The only up-to-date overview of the major approaches to European integration, giving students insights on the most current debates and topical developments.
  • With contributions from world-leading experts, the text is an authoritative guide to each theory.
  • Considers the development, achievements, and problems of each theory alongside historical and current issues in European integration.
  • Uses the multiple crises in the EU over the past decade as case studies to demonstrate the relevance of theory to practice.

New to this edition

  • Each chapter includes a referent case on recent crises in the EU: the financial crisis and the migration crisis.
  • Each chapter now includes both study questions to help students test their understanding and discussion questions to promote critical thinking and class debate.
  • Professor Tanja A. Börzel and Professor Thomas Risse join the editorial team, bringing fresh expertise and insights to the volume.

About the Author(s)

Antje Wiener, University of Hamburg and Universit y of Cambridge, Tanja A. Börzel, Free University Berlin, and Thomas Risse, Free University Berlin

Antje Wiener is Professor of Political Science especially Global Governance at the University of Hamburg and By-Fellow at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.

Tanja A. Börzel is Jean Monnet Chair and Director of the Centre for European Integration at the Free University of Berlin.

Thomas Risse is Professor of International Relations at the Free University of Berlin.

Table of Contents

    1:Introducing the Mosaic of Integration Theory, Thomas Diez and Antje Wiener
    Part One: Explaining European Integration
    2:Federalism and European Integration, R. Daniel Kelemen
    3:Neofunctionalism, Arne Niemann, Zoe Lefkofridi, and Philippe C. Schmitter
    4:Liberal Intergovernmentalism, Andrew Moravcsik and Frank Schimmelfennig
    Part Two: Analysing European Governance
    5:Governance Approaches to European Integration, Tanja A. Börzel
    6:Rational Choice and Historical Institutionalism, Mark A. Pollack
    7:Social Constructivism and European Integration, Thomas Risse
    Part Three: Constructing the European Union
    8:Discourse and European Integration, Ruth Wodak
    9:European Integration and Gender, Yvonne Galligan
    10:Critical Political Economy, Bastiaan van Apeldoorn and Laura Horn
    11:Normative Political Theory and the European Union, Richard Bellamy and Joseph Lacey
    12:A Litmus Tests for European Integration Theories: Explaining Crises and Traveling Beyond Europe, Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse
    13:Taking Stock of Integration Theory, Antje Wiener


"By drawing and redrawing the mosaic of integration theory the book has, for more than a decade, coined a particular way of reflecting on the state of the art in EU studies. A major reference reading." - Uwe Puetter, Central European University

"Bringing together the most influential European integration theorists of the day, this volume is a bit like the EU studies' Hall of Fame. Each chapter offers a sharp focus on theoretical controversies about evolving empirical puzzles. A useful companion for both seasoned and aspiring Europeanists." - Frédéric Mérand, Université de Montréal

"Review from previous edition A must-read for anyone with an interest in European integration and European Politics" - Professor Amy Verdun, University of Victoria, Canada

"In a packed field of textbooks on theories of European integration, European Integration Theory - now in its third edition and with a new editorial team - is a breath of fresh air. Its unique contribution is that it gives pride of place to lesser traveled perspectives, including gender, discourse analysis, critical political economy, normative political theory, and comparative regionalism, alongside mainstream approaches. Comprehensively revised, updated, and presented in a student friendly format, this is an invaluable guide to understanding European integration in the 21st century." - Professor Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina

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