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"Reassessing neo-functionalism: structure and process in the contemporary Community"

Morris, Trevor G.N. (1991) "Reassessing neo-functionalism: structure and process in the contemporary Community". In: UNSPECIFIED, Fairfax, Virginia. (Unpublished)

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    [From the Introduction]. In this paper one approach to integration, as described by the neofunctionalists, is reexamined. This school of thought was popular and considered appropriate when describing European cooperation in the first twenty five years following the Second World War. In the past two decades the approach has fallen into disfavor as the actual behavior of the European Community's members failed to live up to the expectations of the neo-functiorialists. It will be argued here that this rejection, while understandable, was too harsh a judgement of the theory. While neo-functionalism failed to meet its predictions it did establish criteria by which to measure integration and the processes by which it is achieved. This paper will survey neo-functionalism's development, the weaknesses that led to its demise, and finally reexamine its relevance in light of the community's recent developments.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > general
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1991 (2nd), May 22-24, 1991
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 37
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:46
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7203

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