Differentiated Integration in Europe

Description

Since the mid-1990s, flexible or differentiated integration (DI) has become a “hot topic” of academic and policy debate in the EU. By DI, we mean the territorially fragmented validity of rules in a polity. In the literature of European integration, it is generally assumed that the considerable territorial and functional expansion of the EU in recent times has increased heterogeneity in the EU, and that this heterogeneity is likely to generate demand for DI. Despite the perceived political and scientific relevance of the topic, the state of research is characterized by a scarcity of data and of theory-oriented explanatory analysis. In addition to a large amount of prescriptive or policy-oriented work, academic contributions in political science have focused on differentiation in treaty law and have largely been limited to conceptual work, case studies, and ad hoc-explanations. Our workshop is intended to contribute to filling the gaps and shortcomings in existing research. As a result of this workshop, we hope to gain a better understanding of the extent, development, and conditions of differentiated integration in Europe, to encourage further research on this topic, to create a productive network of researchers and to start work on common publications in the future. We invite theoretical or theory-oriented empirical papers on differentiated integration in Europe. Case studies or comparative analyses may focus on specific policy fields, countries, time periods, or types of differentiation. We also welcome papers analyzing the differentiated integration of nonmember states with the EU and papers comparing DI in the EU with other political systems or international organizations.

Participants
Institutions
  • Department of Politics and Public Administration
Publications
(2016): Differentiated Integration at the EU Member State Level : An Empirical Comparison of European Integration Theories

Differentiated Integration at the EU Member State Level : An Empirical Comparison of European Integration Theories

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Origin (projects)

Funding sources
Name Finanzierungstyp Kategorie Project no.
Sachbeihilfe/Normalverfahren third-party funds research funding program 603/10
Further information
Period: 28.07.2010 – 27.07.2013