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Crisis pressures and European integration

Ferrara, Federico and Kriesi, Hanspeter (2022) Crisis pressures and European integration. Journal of European Public Policy, 29 (9). 1351 - 1373. ISSN 1350-1763

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13501763.2021.1966079


Previous studies have applied theories of European integration to interpret crisis-led policymaking processes and integration outcomes in the EU. However, there has been little attempt to appraise the analytical leverage offered by major integration theories as a function of different crisis pressures. We theorize that diverse combinations of crisis pressures generate four decision-making scenarios in the EU, each of which can be ascribed to different combinations of analytical insights from neofunctionalism, intergovernmentalism, postfunctionalism, and federalism. We illustrate the value of our framework in relation to four EU crises concerning the euro area, refugees, Brexit and Covid-19. Overall, the paper makes a theoretical contribution to advance the debate on crisis-led integration in the EU.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2021 16:15
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2022 08:54

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