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“Explaining European Aviation Integration”

Travis, Robin. (1999) “Explaining European Aviation Integration”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    According to Moravcsik liberalisation in aviation should have been the result of changes in preferences amongst the larger member states. However, in the mid-eighties, only the United Kingdom favored liberalisation. Whereas the Netherlands had a pragmatic attitude, the other member states adopted attitudes ranging from sceptic to firmly opposed. My point is not to test intergovernmentalism as formulated by Moravscik, which would be rather unfair since Moravcsik explicitly points out that his focus is on ground-breaking treaty revisions, but stretch the logic of intergovernmental theory in order to see if it can be applied to aviation. According to the same logic, it should be difficult for a single large state. Moravscik’s claim that states are the main actors in integration on all the same logic, it should be difficult for a single large state to impose integration on all other member-states. Moravscik’s claim that states are the main actors in integration, presents a crucial question: can it be shown that the UK and the Netherlands were able to “impose” (or push through) integration on the reluctant others, and if so, why were they able to achieve such an outcome? What is the mechanism behind asserting that particular influence?

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > U.K.
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > transport policy
    Countries > Netherlands
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    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: 15 Dec 2006
    Page Range: p. 34
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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