Peterson, John and Bomberg, Elizabeth. (1997) "Rationality, structure and power in EU governance: A process dominant approach". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)
The rekindling of theoretical debates about European integration has been one of the most striking recent developments in the study of European politics. This paper argues for a ‘process dominant’ approach to understanding the EU and linking theory and practice. Such an approach rejects the search for a ‘big theory’ of EU governance in ‘European integration’ and EU policy-making, but then seeks to explain how one process shapes the other. A process dominant approach is nuanced, contextual and draws upon insights from a range of theoretical approaches to understanding the European Union. Perhaps above all, it acknowledges that the EU is a ‘moving target’ to study, and that process often matters more than outcomes.
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