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The State of the European Union, Vol. 3: Building a European Polity?

Carolyn Rhodes and Sonia Mazey, editors
ISBN: 978-1-55587-605-0
1995/526 pages/LC: 95-9034

"This book is a valuable and welcome addition to the literature on the EU and integration, and it should be of considerable interest to any serious scholar of EU politics."—Michael Baun, American Political Science Review

"Well worth the money for anyone who wants to catch up on state-of-the-art scholarship in the field."—ECSA Review


With the ratification of the Treaty on European Union (Maastricht) in 1993, a new era in the history of European integration emerged—an era that juxtaposes the principle of subsidiarity with widening membership, and that challenges member states to balance interests of sovereignty with wider European goals.

This volume, the third in a biennial series, explores the implications of these and related developments in the context of integration analysis. The authors reflect on European integration in theoretical and historical perspective, review the impact of widening, deepening, and the "Europeanization" of member state politics on both member states and the Union, and examine the origins and character of a range of policies at the EU level.


Carolyn Rhodes is professor emerita of political science at Utah State University. She is author of Reciprocity, U.S. Trade, and the GATT Regime. Sonia Mazey is university lecturer in politics, Cambridge University. Her publications include The Government and Politics of France (with Vincent Wright) and Lobbying in the European Community (coedited with Jeremy Richardson).


  • Integration in Theoretical Perspective—the Editors.
  • The EU and Regional Integration Theory—J.A. Caporaso and J.T.S.. Keeler.
  • The "Justiciability" of Subsidiarity—D.G. Partan.
  • Common, Collective, or Combined? Theories of Defense Integration in the European Union—P. Chilton.
  • Economic Uncertainty and European Solidarity Revisited: Trends in Pulbic Support for European Integration—C. Anderson.
  • Political Group Cohesion in the European Parliament: 1989-1994—J.B. Brzinski.
  • European Monetary Diplomacy and the Rolling Crisis of 1992- 1993—D.M. Andrews.
  • Integration Theory and the Enlargement of the EU—L. Miles, Rene Schwok, and J. Redmond.
  • Germany's Länder and the Federalization of the EU—R.E. Deeg.
  • The Franco-German Relationship in the Post-Maastricht Era—P.C. Wood.
  • Institutions and Leadership: Germany, Maastricht, and the ERM Crisis— Smith and W. Sandholtz.
  • The Importance of Being Independent: Central Bank Independence and the European System of Central Banks—H.M. Kaufmann.
  • National Interest and Convergence of Preferences: A Changing Role for Spain in the EU?—C. Closa.
  • The EU and the Nordic Countries: Impacts on the Integration Process—L. Miles.
  • Promiscuous Policymaking: The European Policy Style?—S. Mazey and J. Richardson.
  • Regional Actors in an Intergovernmental Play: The Making and Implementation of EC Structural Policy—M.A. Pollack.
  • EU Research Policy: The Politics of Expertise—J. Peterson.
  • The European Commission as Corporate Actor? European Telecommunications Policy after Maastricht—G. Fuchs.
  • Integrating the Environment into the EU: The History of the Controversial Carbon Tax—A. Zito.
  • The EC and the Conclusion of the Uruguay Round—Y. Devuyst.
  • The Lomé Convention: An Aging Dinosaur in the EU's Foreign Policy Enterprise?—O.A. Babarinde.