The future of European integration studies: Social science or social theory?

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The author replies to Thomas Diez's three major criticisms of The Choice for Europe. Does the book exclude ideas and identity from its account of European integration and, to the extent it does, do so unjustly? Would greater attention to feedback over time undermine its core argument? Is the analysis 'politically problematic' because it implies the existence of structural limits on future EU reforms? Each of these criticisms misstates the concrete empirical content, broader theoretical argument, and critical implications of the book. The reply concludes by noting that the major purpose of the book is to provide a historically accurate account of major EU decisions, while Diez's critique steers scholarly debate away from confrontation with the observable world toward more abstract concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-391
Number of pages21
JournalMillennium: Journal of International Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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