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European Integration Theory

Second Edition

Edited by Antje Wiener and Thomas Diez

Publication Date - June 2009

ISBN: 9780199226092

346 pages
6-3/4 x 9-7/5 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $49.95

Systematically revised and updated throughout, this groundbreaking text provides a uniquely up-to-date overview of all the major approaches to European integration.


Systematically revised and updated throughout, this ground-breaking text provides an overview of all the major approaches to European integration. Each author reflects on the development, achievements and problems of their approach, and discusses historical and current issues of European integration. The concluding chapter then comparatively assesses the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and looks at the emerging issues.

New to this Edition

  • Two new chapters on the political theory of European integration and critical theory
  • End-of-chapter questions


  • The only up-to-date overview of major approaches to European integration, providing students with access to the most current debates.
  • Carefully edited contributions from international experts, providing students with authoritative and accessible content.

About the Author(s)

Antje Wiener is a Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath.

Thomas Diez is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham.


"No single volume provides as comprehensive an overview of theories of the politics and international relations of the European Union. The book provides an up-to-date review of the field and provokes the reader by suggesting weaknesses as well as strengths of the chief approaches."--Gary Marks, University of North Carolina

"This is a unique product in the crowded field of European Integration...The book is a milestone in moving the field beyond sterile theoretical divides and towards a more holistic approach to theory-building."--Kalypso Nicolaidis, St Anthony's College, Oxford

Table of Contents

    1. Introducing the Mosaic of European Integration Theory, Thomas Diez and Antje Wiener
    2. Federalism, Michael Burgess
    3. Neofunctionalism, Arne Niemann and Philippe Schmitter
    4. Liberal Intergovernmentalism, Andrew Moravcsik
    5. Integration Through Law, Joseph Weiler and Ulrich Haltern
    6. Governance Approaches, Guy Peters and John Pierre
    7. Policy Networks, John Peterson
    8. The New Institutionalism and European Integration, Mark A. Pollack
    9. Social Constructivism and European Integration, Thomas Risse
    10. Political Theory and European Integration, Richard Bellamy and Claudia Attucci
    11. Critical Theory, Alan W. Cafruny and J. Magnus Ryner
    12. Discursive Approaches, Ole Waever
    13. Gender Perspectives, Birgit Locher and Elisabeth Pr:ugl
    14. Taking Stock of Integration Theory, Antje Wiener and Thomas Diez

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