Differentiated integration in the European Union: a concept, a process, a system or a theory?

Leruth, Benjamin, Lord, Christopher (2015) Differentiated integration in the European Union: a concept, a process, a system or a theory? Journal of European Public Policy, 22 (6). pp. 754-763. ISSN 1350-1763. (doi:10.1080/13501763.2015.1021196) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Differentiation has been a feature of European integration for more than two decades. Nowadays, more than half of European Union (EU) policies are now implemented in different ways. Recent debates over a potential British exit from the EU revived discussions on the future of European integration, offering a potential case for disintegration. Yet scholars and practitioners still find it difficult to define the notion. The introduction to this collection offers a survey of the literature on differentiated integration, its most recent developments and justifies why the study of differentiation needs to move up the research agenda of European integration. It suggests that studying differentiated integration as a concept, a process, a system and a theory is the minimum needed to understand it. Finally, it demonstrates the necessity to study differentiation as a permanent and ‘normal’ feature of European integration.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1021196
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Benjamin Leruth
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 13:29 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:22 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47785 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Leruth, Benjamin: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1999-918X
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