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The Routledge Handbook of European Integrations

ISBN 9780367203078
Published February 28, 2022 by Routledge
508 Pages 11 Color & 31 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of European Integrations fills a significant gap in the European studies literature by providing crucial and groundbreaking coverage of several key areas that are usually neglected or excluded in European integration collections. Whilst still examining the largest and most influential institutions, bodies and highly-funded policy areas as acknowledged dominant topics in European studies, it crucially does so with much greater balance by devoting equal billing to areas such as culture in European integration or new technologies and their impact on the EU.

Organised around three main sections – culture, technology and ‘tangibles’ – the book:

  • offers an authoritative ‘encyclopaedia’ to ‘alternative’ areas in European integration, from media, football, Erasmus and tourism, to transport, space, AI and energy;
  • retains coverage of the dominant topics in European studies, such as the Eurozone, the Common Internal Market, or European law, but in balance with other areas of interest; and
  • provides an essential companion to existing scholarship in European studies.

The Routledge Handbook of European Integrations is essential reading and an authoritative reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners involved in, and actively concerned about, research in the study of European integration/studies.

The Open Access version of Chapter 14 in this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The United States of Europe and new horizons for European integration  Part 1: Culture  Introduction - European integration and culture: four approaches  1. European Citizenship  2. The European Union, cultural diversity and the audio-visual industry: The unexpected fate of a "certain idea" of culture  3. Football and European Integration(s)  4. Iconographies of European integrations  5. Erasmus and the Bologna Process: Promoting shared values through mobility, reform, and common instruments  6. The curious case of Social Europe  7. Irregular Migration Management in the EU  8. European integration, audiovisual governance and global online platforms: Between market rationale, cultural logic and social considerations  9. A Cultural-Shared Risk Community? Towards a Cultural-Historical Theory of European (Union) Integration  10. Can Tourism Be Considered an Instrument of European Integration?  Part 2: Technology  Introduction - Technologies and European integrations  11. EU transport policy at a crossroad: The cost of liberalisation for climate change and personal mobility  12. European Space Policy and European Integration  13. Defence-Industrial Consolidation as a Precondition for EU Military Integration  14. Artificial Intelligence in the European Union: Policy, Ethics, and Regulation  15. Developing EU Cybercrime and Cybersecurity: On legal challenges of EU institutionalisation of cyber law-making  16. European integration, the European Research Area and European Research Infrastructures  Part 3: Tangibles  Introduction: The Essentials of European Integration  17. The European Union’s energy policy: From market liberalisation to convergence with climate policy  18. Sustainable Development in the European Union  19. European Union Law  20. European Monetary Union: European Integration at its Heart  21. EU Differentiated Integration (DI) as a Tangible: Internal and External Dimensions  22. The long and winding road to greening the Common Agricultural Policy  23. Blue signs on the road: European Union funding and citizens̕ feelings towards membership  24. EU Common Security and Defence Policy  25. Brexit puts spotlight on Irish Peace Process and complicates potential UK/US trade deal.  Conclusion

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Thomas Hoerber is Professor for European Studies and Director of the EU-Asia Institute at ESSCA School of Management, France.

Gabriel Weber is Associate Professor for Sustainability and Ecological Economics at the ESSCA, School of Management, Bordeaux, France.

Ignazio Cabras is Head of the Accounting and Financial Management Department and Faculty Director for International Research Partnerships at the Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK.


"Routledge Handbooks have proved to be invaluable resources for lecturers, students and researchers, and an excellent way to engage the general public in the respective fields. This highly significant and long overdue addition to the series perfectly showcases the diverse character of European integration and very well complements the EU-centric mainstream literature. It is a key reference for exploring the rich panoply of cross-border activities incorporated in the wider process of European unification."

Martin Dangerfield, University of Wolverhampton, UK

"This volume is a timely and refreshing take on the many different ways in which Europe (including but not only the EU) has sought to, failed to or managed to integrate. Far from limiting themselves to the usual suspects (referred to in the volume as the ‘tangibles’) such as the single market, the authors tackle a breadth of subjects including AI, space and cyber. The line-up of contributors is as diverse as the subject coverage is novel, making this a must-read for those seeking out new ways of thinking about the likely futures of Europe."

Helen Drake, Loughborough University, UK

"Inspired by Jean Monnet’s ideas and responding to the editors’ question of whether we are ready for a United States of Europe, the contributors to this volume have provided an excellent up-to-date analysis about the degree of European integration achieved in fields that have been overlooked without at the same time neglecting to highlight the achievements and failures in the more traditional fields of integration. Focusing on the cultural and technology sectors, the book shows ways of European integration which were not expected and indicates areas of concrete progress of European integration where no one would have dared to touch on national prerogatives in Monnet’s time. The editors have done an outstanding job in putting together a very comprehensive volume that would be of great value to scholars and analysts as well as to graduate and undergraduate students interested in European integration."

Yannis Stivachtis, Jean Monnet Chair, Virginia Tech, USA