• Pierre Georges Van Wolleghem
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


In a context characterised by increased influxes of migrants in the European Union (EU), little attention has been paid to the EU’s policy on the integration of third country nationals. This book’s introduction formulates the research puzzle that guides subsequent chapters: can there be Europeanization without an EU competence? It starts by clarifying a number of points in order to better frame the puzzle at hand: why integrating, who integrating, how to integrate, who has the competence to integrate and integrating into what are the questions it answers. The introduction then reviews the literature on integration in a multilevel polity and proposes a definition for the concept of soft-Europeanization to be applied throughout this book.


Europeanization Soft law Multilevel governance Third country nationals Political community Integration policy 


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  • Pierre Georges Van Wolleghem
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