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The European Onion? How Differentiated Integration is Reshaping the EU

Journal of European Integration, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 503-521, September 2007

19 Pages Posted: 7 May 2008 Last revised: 2 Feb 2009

Jan‐Emmanuel De Neve

University of Oxford

Date Written: September 1, 2007

Abstract

This paper provides an up-to-date overview of the gradual development of differentiated integration and the ensuing changes in the nature of European integration. It considers the dynamics of deepening and widening of the EU and proposes the metaphor of a 'European Onion' that is designed to capture the bigger picture. Further, this paper expands upon the centripetal effects of differentiated integration and shows its potential to generate more cooperative public opinion in future enlargement rounds. Finally a state of play in European integration theory is offered that incorporates differentiated integration.

Keywords: European Union, European integration, differentiated integration, policy implementation, political theory

JEL Classification: F15, F42, G28, H11, H77, J18, O23, O52, P16

Suggested Citation

De Neve, Jan‐Emmanuel, The European Onion? How Differentiated Integration is Reshaping the EU (September 1, 2007). Journal of European Integration, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 503-521, September 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1129622

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