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Theory and Reform in the European Union$
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Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, Michael J. Tsinisizelis, and Stelios Stavridis

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780719049910

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719049910.001.0001

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New directions in theory-building

New directions in theory-building

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(p.41) 2 New directions in theory-building
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Theory and Reform in the European Union
Author(s):

Dimitris N. Chryssochoou

Michael J. Tsinisizelis

Stelios Stavridis

Kostas Ifantis

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719049910.003.0002

This chapter examines the latest theoretical trends and the two treaty revisions that occurred during the mid-1980s and early 1990s, introducing the Single European Act and the Treaty on European Union (TEU), which resulted from the treaty revisions, and neofunctionalism, which re-emerged as the leading theory of European integration. The next part studies the state of theorising European integration in the 1990s in relation to the constitutional and political physiognomy of the Maastricht Treaty. The final part of the chapter focuses on the new theoretical approaches, which include the fusion thesis and new institutionalism.

Keywords:   treaty revisions, latest theoretical trends, new theoretical approaches, Single European Act, TEU, neofunctionalism, leading theory, Maastricht Treaty, political physiognomy

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