Theorizing European Integration provides a comprehensive introduction to theories of European integration in the contemporary study of Europe, the European Union and European integration. Dimitris Chryssochoou presents a complete overview of the many competing approaches that have sought to capture and explain the evolving European polity. These approaches range from early functionalist accounts, international regime and interdependence theories to intergovernmentalism, multi-level governance and new institutionalism. Combining perspectives from international relations, comparative politics and social and political theory, the book moves beyond a purely descriptive account of European theorizing to advance new directions in the future study of the EU and European integration. Amongst the many contemporary issues and themes addressed are: processes of treaty reform; democratization; the prospects for consociational forms of governance
Dimitris N Chryssochoou is Reader in European Integration at the University of Exeter. He has held visiting posts at Cambridge and Columbia Universities.