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Introduction

  • Hans Vollaard
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)

Abstract

Confusion and contradictions are rife in perspectives on the evolution of the European Union, ranging from those prophesising full-scale federalisation to those predicting complete collapse. Theories can help here to sensitise us to structural dynamics, as well as crucial factors and actors in large-scale processes like European disintegration. Unfortunately, there has not yet been much theorising on the subject of European disintegration. This book provides an overview of how European disintegration can be conceptualised and explained and seeks the most fruitful explanation. That explanation will be based on testable statements upon which it can be examined for its validity.

Keywords

European disintegration Theorising European disintegration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Vollaard
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  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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