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Grand Theories, Differentiated Integration

Schimmelfennig, Frank and Winzen, Thomas (2019) 'Grand Theories, Differentiated Integration.' Journal of European Public Policy, 26 (8). 1172 - 1192. ISSN 1350-1763

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Even though differentiation has become a core feature of the EU, the grand theories have focused almost exclusively on uniform integration. In this paper, we derive hypotheses about differentiated integration from liberal intergovernmentalism, neofunctionalism, and postfunctionalism. In an analysis of EU treaty making between 1992 and 2016, we find evidence that heterogeneity of both wealth and identity, integration in the area of core state powers, and pre-existing differentiation drive differentiated integration. A comparison of the explanatory power of the grand theories shows that neo- and post-functionalism explain the differentiations that member states obtain in EU reform treaties more convincingly than liberal intergovernmentalism. A synthetic model performs best, however. The grand theories also leave noteworthy variation unexplained.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: European integration, Differentiated integration, liberal intergovernmentalism, neofunctionalism, postfunctionalism
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2019 14:10
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2020 01:00

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