The dynamics of European integration 

Wallace, William  

London : Pinter


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William Wallace (British, born 12 March 1941) is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE) and a member of the Advisory Board of LSE IDEAS, a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. Over the course of a long and distinguished academic career, he has written extensively on EU politics and international relations. Since 1995, he has been a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords.


Published in 1990, at a time of great political change in Europe, this book represents the outcome of a collaborative process which brought together a group of academics and policy-makers from Europe and North America, some 20 of whom have contributed chapters to the final work. Its editor, William Wallace, notes that they set out to reassess some of the 'classic' academic theories of European integration which gained currency in the 1950s and 1960s, and bring a new conceptual framework to bear upon formal and informal networks and integration processes in Europe. In this general framework, contributions are categorised according to four broad headings: the economic and technical dynamics of integration, the centre/periphery dimension, social dynamics (including cross-border movements and cultural linkages) and legal and institutional patterns. While the EU has experienced major changes since the time of writing, both in terms of deepening and widening, it is noteworthy that many of the issues discussed - transfers of sovereignty from Member States to central institutions, solidarity between EU regions, the role of Europe in the wider world and the opposing trends of intergovernmentalism versus the 'community method' - continue to have a very clear resonance for today's European Union.