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The Choice for Europe

(Cornell Studies in Political Economy)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The creation of the European Community ranks among the most extraordinary achievements in modern world politics. Observers disagree, however, about the reasons why European governments have chosen to coordinate core economic policies and surrender sovereign prerogatives. In this eagerly awaited book, Andrew Moravcsik analyzes the history of the region's movement toward eco ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published October 28th 1998 by Cornell University Press (first published 1998)
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Taku Nakaminato
I bought this voluminous scholarly paper-book five years ago, and haven't had enough time to read it from cover to cover so far. However, as far as I read it partially, I felt at that time we can use it to deepen our thoughts. It might be a little difficult for utter outsiders.
Moravcsik argued convincingly for the importance of national economic self-interest being the driving factor behind European integration. National governments were beholden to economic interest groups which shaped policy to a greater extent than geopolitical considerations or technocratic preaching. They pursued integration through a series of "grand bargains", resulting in significant changes about once a decade.

There are problems with the sources the author employs, particularly with regards
Cameron Climie
Moravcsik's overarching history of the postwar integration of Europe serves as the foundational text for his liberal intergovernmental theory of European integration. While the book does an excellent job of providing a comprehensive look at the history of integration from Rome to Maastricht, the theory on which Moravcsik bases his analysis suffers from notable methodological and analytical shortcomings throughout: the organization of many chapters - particularly those on the SEA and Maastricht - ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is famous for a reason within EU circles. The model developed is one very different to preceding models of integration. While it is a well argued and structured book, it has come under attack from many circles and for some time. This does not stop it from being an important contribution and a book any EU student should at least touch upon at some point.

For those complaining about length, there is a journal article. The advantage of the book is you can see the application and empirical
Nate Huston
TOO LONG. Too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long too long.

Coulda gotten his point across in about 250 less pages.
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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