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European Integration and the Problem of the State

A Critique of the Bordering of Europe


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Stefan Borg
    Pages 1-19
  3. Stefan Borg
    Pages 80-95
  4. Stefan Borg
    Pages 96-116
  5. Stefan Borg
    Pages 117-137
  6. Stefan Borg
    Pages 138-146
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 147-181

About this book


This study argues that the practices of European integration reproduce, rather than transcend, the practices of modern statecraft. Therefore, the project of European integration is plagued by similar ethico-political dilemmas as the modern state, and is ultimately animated by a similar desire to either expel or interiorize difference.


European Union European Integration Studies the State Statecraft Deconstruction Post-structuralism desegregation Europe European Integration European Union (EU) political theory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Swedish Institute of International AffairsSweden

About the authors

Stefan Borg is a Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Economic History, Stockholm University, where he teaches International Relations. His work has previously appeared in Journal of International Relations and Development, Geopolitics, and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.

Bibliographic information


“In his book, Stefan Borg examines European integration by looking at the discursive construction of the European Union (EU), applying an analytical, theoretical and empirical research-based perspective. … The book is essential reading for all students with an interest in European Studies.” (Adrian Favero, JCMS Journal of Common Market Studies, 2017) 

“Stefan Borg’s new book offers an original entry point into the maze of EU ontology. … Borg’s volume is engaging, well-structured and nicely written. … Modularity makes the book, or excerpts taken from it, suitable assignments for students in their late master or early graduate school classes. Outside academia, it may well cater to EU experts and practitioners with a taste for politically engaged theorisation.” (Furio Stamati, LSE Review of Books, February, 2016)