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