Ideas of Regionalism: The European Case
Source TitleJAPANESE JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
University of Melbourne Author/sMurray, Philomena
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMurray, P. B. (2011). Ideas of Regionalism: The European Case. JAPANESE JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, 12 (2), pp.305-322. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1468109911000090.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2011 Cambridge University Press. Online edition of the journal is available at http://journals.cambridge.org/JJP
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This article traces the development of major ideas about integration in Europe. It examines the historical development of, and competition between, ideas about the EU, exploring the clash of integration models and ideals. It draws on the visions of European unity that led to the creation and development of the EU. Regional integration in the EU is distinctive and not necessarily ‘exportable’. The article examines governing norms, material interests, power, and security. It demonstrates that the narrative of shared experience and history formed part of a need to both overcome hyper-nationalism and to share sovereignty, while also privileging some memories. EU norms are also enshrined in a distinctive institutionalized structure, based on a co-existence of national and EU interests and a balancing among often competing interests.</jats:p>
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