Flexibility and European Unification identifies legal differentiation ("flexibility") as the European Union's key mechanism for overcoming deadlock during the past two decades. Based on a newly developed theory of differentiated integration, it investigates the dynamics of flexible European integration across EU policies and member states. By doing so, this book provides the first theory-based, comprehensive, and empirically sound account of European integration from the perspective of legal differentiation.
Alkuin Koelliker is affiliate researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods and research assistant in the department of political science at the University of Bielefeld, Germany.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Discovering the Logic of Flexible Integration Chapter 2 Differentiation in the EU and Its Unsolved Puzzles Chapter 3 Conceptual Framework for Analyzing Differentiation Chapter 4 Differentiated Integration Theory Chapter 5 Empirical Evidence from EU Policies Chapter 6 Trade Integration Chapter 7 Monetary Integration Chapter 8 Social, Environmental, and Tax Policies Chapter 9 Justice and Home Affairs Chapter 10 Foreign, Security, and Defense Policies Chapter 11 Policy Implications of Differentiated Integration Theory Chapter 12 Conclusion: The Role of Flexibility in European Integration