Inverting Theories of European Integration

Course Description: 

This will be a demanding seminar for students (and for me).  We will attempt to “invert” several existing theories of European integration in order to assess their possible contribution to explaining the eventual/potential disintegration of the European Union.  Somewhere (I cannot remember where), I once claimed that “all theories of regional integration should also be theories of regional disintegration” – and this will be a test of that proposition.

First, we will survey the range of existing theories/approaches – and their potential for causal inversion.  Then, since I have already written on this, we will examine critically the specificities of the neo-neo-functionalist approach.  After which, we will break up into working groups, with each student responsible for a collective presentation on one of the following theories/approaches: (1) (Liberal) inter-governmentalism; (2) federalism; (3) constructivism; (4) “discursivism”(?) and, if he agrees to participate, (5) Uwe Puetter’s “New (Deliberative) Intergovernmentalism.”

The basic text for the seminar will be Antje Wiener & Thomas Diez (eds.), European Integration Theory.  It has gone through two successive editions and a third is on its way.  We will pick and choose among them for general background. 

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:

DSPS 6065 - Inverting Theories of European Integration

8 April, 2019 N13 412/A 15:30-17:15 
9 April, 2019 N13 412/A 15:30-17:15 
10 April, 2019 N13 412/A 15:30-17:15 
11 April, 2019 N13 412/A 15:30-17:15
12 April, 2019 N13 412/A 15:30-17:15 
15 April, 2019 N13 412/A 15:30-17:15 
16 April, 2019 N13 412/A 15:30-17:15 
17 April, 2019 N13 412/A 15:30-17:15 
18 April, 2019 N13 412/A 15:30-17:15