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European Integration and Its Limits: Intergovernmental Conflicts and their Domestic Origins

Daniel Finke

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December, 2010
Paper, 200 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-9558203-7-3
European Consortium for Political Research Press

European Integration and Its Limits reveals the role of government in solving Europe’s constitutional quandary in regards to legitimacy, efficiency, and integration, and explains the reasons why various governments agreed to reform projects they had previously rejected. Daniel Finke analyzes extensive data on the reform positions that governments unveiled at three of the most important Intergovernmental Conferences held since the establishment of the Union in 1993. Through a coherent theoretical framework, Finke identifies the domestic origins of European treaty reforms and clarifies the role of procedural constraints at both the domestic and the European level.

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About the Author

Daniel Finke is an assistant professor in political economics at the University of Heidelberg and a research fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research. He received his doctorate at the University of Mannheim and his dissertation is a politico-economic analysis of institutional reforms in the European Union. His research focuses on constitutional political economics, institutional reforms, and legislative politics, and his work has been published in European Union Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Review of International Organization, and Constitutional Political Economy. He coheads a research project on European legislative responses to international terrorism.

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