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"The European Council in Theoretical Perspectives: The Principals on a Fusion Path"

Wessels, Wolfgang and Schafer, Verena. (2007) "The European Council in Theoretical Perspectives: The Principals on a Fusion Path". In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Since its creation in the 1970s no other institution has formed the European Union so intensively and continuously like the European Council. This “key institution” of the European Union takes nearly all major decisions for the EU and the institutional architecture and has also an academic value as a key body for testing integration related theories. This paper invites to take up and discuss a broad variety of competing classic theories (realism and intergovernmentalism, federalism, neo-functionalism) and theoretical approaches (constructivism, sociological institutionalism and fusion thesis) to characterize and explain fundamental features of the European Council. By mapping this indefinable “locus of power” in a conceptual ream this paper may also contribute to improve the understanding of the evolution of the EU system in general.

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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 > general
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Council
    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)
    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 > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 02 May 2008
    Page Range: p. 16
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:51
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8065

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