By Antje Wiener
Systematically revised and up-to-date all through, this ground-breaking textual content offers an summary of the entire significant techniques to ecu integration. each one writer displays at the improvement, achievements and difficulties in their method, and discusses old and present problems with eu integration. The concluding bankruptcy then relatively assesses the strengths and weaknesses of every method and appears on the rising matters. New to this version: · new chapters at the political conception of ecu integration and demanding conception · End-of-chapter questions
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How, in short, is one to compare the different theoretical approaches? dialogue is hardly possible. If we take the different understandings of theory advanced above, the more scientifically minded will generally tend towards the former, those with a broader understanding of theory towards the latter pole. Consequently, Moravcsik (1998) for instance, in his major contribution to the development of European integration theory, tests different theories against each other in order to establish a (liberal-intergovernmentalist) ground on which future theory can build.
Davis (1978: 3) refers to the cognate term fides meaning faith and trust, so that covenantal federalism has evolved over the centuries to refer to a voluntary union of entities, be they persons, a people, commu~ nities, or states. In short, it is a 'vital bonding device of civilisation'. However, while this description tells us something about the nature of this kind of union, it does not explain how it must be structured, nor does it identify the principles that shape such unions. When we refer to terms such as reciprocity, mutuality, equality, recognition andre~ spect, we already have a sense of what is at stake here.
The usual shorthand expression of this peculiar trait is Daniel Elazar's (1987: 12) reference to 'self-rule and shared rule'. Typically a federal union can be said to have two faces: it is both a unifying force and a means to maintain difference and diversity, and it is precisely this inherent ambiguity in the federal concept that periodically has been the root cause of genuine confusion and misunderstanding. Conventionally people have used the term to describe both the process of political unification-the building of a state by aggregation-and the diffusion of power within an established state, or the process of disaggregation.