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Neo-functionalism as a theory of disintegration
AuthorSchmitter, Philippe C. ; Lefkofridi, Zoe
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Chinese Political Science Review, Singapore, 2016, Vol. 1, Issue 1, page 1-29
PublishedSpringer International Publishing, 2016
LanguageEnglish
Document typeJournal Article
Keywords (EN)European_Integration / Disintegration / Neo-fuctionalism / Crisis
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubs:3-657 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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In this article, we exploit neo-functionalism as a conceptual and theoretical instrument that helps understand the current crisis and its future consequences. We formulate a series of suppositions and hypotheses, which we evaluate using existing data sources and related research. Our empirical analysis produces a mixed picture: though reality seems to conform with some neo-functionalist expectations, it contradicts some others. The latter disproven results, however, also suggest that there might be some corresponding increase in the likelihood that the EU could disintegrate.

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