By Søren Dosenrode
Many years have handed because the Lisbon Treaty got here into strength however the query nonetheless continues to be of what the Lisbon Treaty has truly led to. was once it simply 'relatively insignificant' as a few students have claimed, or used to be it 'something' extra? This booklet units out to examine this query and it does so via making use of a classical department: polity, politics and coverage. one of many book's conclusions is that the Lisbon Treaty could have been 'plan b' in comparison to the aborted Constitutional Treaty, however it is unquestionably a considerable leap forward at the ecu course of integration. The Lisbon Treaty bolstered the european either as a polity (its stateness), and in its politics (the principles and approaches) and despite the fact that the treaty used to be not likely a 'policy treaty', it has prolonged the Union's box by means of federalizing lots of the rules in the zone of Justice and residential Affairs. This anthology brings jointly students from 4 ecu nations each one of them a consultant in the fields they're reading. every one student provides insights from their sector of competence to the booklet, leaving it an immense contribution to the research of latest ecu Union.
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2003. The European Community: From 1945 to 1985, in European Union Politics, M. ). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 3 Assessing the European Union’s Statehood1,2 Søren Dosenrode Introduction In an important article from 1996 James Caporaso characterizes the ‘state of the art’ concerning analysing the nature of the European Union (EU), and his conclusion is still correct (1996: 30): Today, the study of European integration is moving into a post-ontological stage; scholars are less concerned with how to categorize than how to explain process and outcome, paying less attention to ’the nature of the beast’ […].
Also the Dunleavy and O’Leary model does not pay much attention to the factors which make states ‘stick together’. One could add several, including economic coherence etc. but I limit myself to the following two factors: 7. To secure endurance and stability a modern state must build upon a coreculture common to a vast majority of, if not all, citizens. 14 8. The state is the focal point of the population’s loyalty (is a political community). A last important addition has to be made to the model of Dunleavy and O’Leary.
This is not the place to begin a thorough discussion of regional integration theory, but I would like to draw attention to a general trend which seems to prevail18: The large integrational leaps took place in times of internal or external crisis and insecurity which could be interpreted as examples of ‘federal integration’ á la Reiker-McKay (cf. Dosenrode 2011). This goes for the founding of the ECSC (1951) and the EEC (1957) during the Cold War. The background for the next ‘leap’, the European Single Act (1986), was that Europe was economically lagging way behind the US and Japan, and that the ‘New Cold War’ had clearly shown the world that Europe’s fate was not a matter for the Europeans but for Russia and the US (one example was the Reykjavik summit in 1986 between the presidents of the Soviet Union and the US).