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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Differentiated Integration

Explaining Variation in the European Union

ISBN 9780230246430
Publication Date November 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series The European Union Series

This innovative new text provides a state-of-the-art introduction to the study of European integration, focusing centrally on explaining the differentiated character of the European Union in terms of policy areas, institutional development and geographical span.

Dirk Leuffen is Professor of International Politics at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz, Germany.

Berthold Rittberger is Professor of International Relations at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Science, University of Munich, Germany.

Frank Schimmelfennig is Professor of European Politics at ETH Zurich, Center for Comparative and International Studies, Switzerland.

The European Union as a System of Differentiated Integration
The Single Market
Economic and Monetary Union
Security and Defence
The Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice
Conclusions: Integration and differentiation in the European Union


A superb book, highly recommended. It offers a pathfinding – and highly successful – attempt to make sense of the differentiation of European integration providing a clear and original theoretical framework and applying it empirically in some of the most important areas of EU policy.' - Mark Pollack, Temple University, USA
'Both profound and accessible. Drawing on the major theories of European integration and their own research, the authors have provided a comprehensive and illuminating overview of the major issues in the study of the European Union.' - Gary Marks, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
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