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“The Choice for EU Theorists: Establishing a Common Framework for Analysis”

Peterson, John. (1999) “The Choice for EU Theorists: Establishing a Common Framework for Analysis”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    European Union (EU) studies have entered a highly creative phase, with a range of theoretical perspectives, seemingly quite highly differentiated from one another, competing for influence and “space.” However, the questions remain: are EU studies developing theories which are truly competing theories? Or is it developing theories that do not compete so much as they aim to explain distinctly different “pieces of the EU puzzle”? This paper responds directly to these two questions. It argues, first, that we generally lack theories that are true rivals; and, second, that leading models explain different outcomes at different levels in a clearly multi-level system of governance. The result is somewhat phony debates between compatible theories masquerading as rivals, and between “comparative politics” and “international relations” approaches. Above all, perhaps, we find middle range theories posing as “meta-theories.” In the absence of a plausible meta-theory of EU governance, theorists must choose precisely which type of outcome they wish to explain.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 25
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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