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Revisionism as a logic of institutional change

White, Jonathan (2017) Revisionism as a logic of institutional change. European Law Journal, 23 (5). pp. 406-416. ISSN 1351-5993

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Identification Number: 10.1111/eulj.12233


How does a treaty-based organisation account for its shifts in policy and procedure? With the European Union’s history in focus, the paper observes a pattern of evolution by which departures from existing practice are justified as moves to better honour commitments already held. This logic of change-as-fidelity has long been the usual way of doing transnational politics in post-War Europe. The concept of revisionism, borrowed from the study of innovation in purposive organisations more generally, elucidates its place in the early European Community. The paper goes on to examine how recent more developments, especially visible in the Euro crisis, challenge this logic of change and threaten to displace it. It concludes by discussing what this implies for the political nature of the EU, and whether the revival of the revisionist method is plausible or desirable.

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Additional Information: © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2017 11:22
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 01:13

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