The History of the European Union

Origins of a Trans- and Supranational Polity 1950-72

Edited by Wolfram Kaiser, Brigitte Leucht, Morten Rasmussen

© 2008 – Routledge

240 pages

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About the Book

This book radically re-conceptualises the origins of the European Union as a trans- and supranational polity as it emerged between the Schuman Plan of May 1950 and the first enlargement of the European Communities at the start of 1973.

Drawing upon social science theories and debates as well as recent historical research, Wolfram Kaiser and Morten Rasmussen in their introductory chapters discuss innovative ways of narrating the history of the EU as the emergence of a transnational political society and supranational political system. Building on these insights, eight chapters based on multilateral and multi-archival research follow each with case studies of transnational networks, public sphere and institutional cultures and policy-making which illustrate systematically related aspects of the early history of the EU. In the concluding chapter, leading political scientist Alex Warleigh-Lack demonstrates how greater interdisciplinary cooperation, especially between contemporary history and political studies, can significantly advance our knowledge of the EU as a complex polity.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Politics, European Studies and History.

Table of Contents

1. Origins of a European Polity 2. Transnational Networks in European Governance 3. Supranational Governance in the Making 4. Transatlantic Policy Networks in the Creation of the First European Anti-Trust Law 5. Transnational Business Networks Propagating EC Industrial Policy 6. Socialist Party Networks in Northern Europe 7. Transnational Communication in the European Public Sphere 8. DG IV and the Origins of a Supranational Competition Policy 9. The Origins of Community Information Policy 10. Delegation as a Political Process 11. The European Commission and the Rise of Coreper 12. Interdisciplinarity in Research on the EU

About the Editors

Wolfram Kaiser is Professor of European Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Belgium.

Brigitte Leucht lectures in European Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK and is a Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Developmental Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Morten Rasmussen is Assistant Professor of Contemporary European History at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Series

Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies

The primary objective of the new Contemporary European Studies series is to provide a research outlet for scholars of European Studies from all disciplines. The series publishes important scholarly works and aims to forge for itself an international reputation.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General