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Emeritus Professor of Political Science
Crisis; Hegemonic Stability Theory; Liberal Intergovernmentalism; Neo-Functionalism; Political Disintegration; Postfunctionalism
Webber D. (2019). Trends in European Political (Dis)Integration. An Analysis of Post Functionalist and Other Explanations Journal of European Public Policy, 26(8), pp. 1134-1152.
The divergent outcomes in respect of political integration of the several crises that the EU has confronted during the last decade present a challenge for most ‘grand theories’ of European integration.There has been more political disintegration than some of the historically most influential, ‘optimistic’ theories would have anticipated, but less than more recently-developed and more ‘pessimistic’ theories, notably postfunctionalism, would have expected.Compared with these contrasting theories, a hegemonic-stability-theoretical approach to the EU’s crises provides a more convincing explanation of recent patterns of political integration and disintegration.