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Research Agendas in EU Studies: Stalking the Elephant by William E. Paterson, Neill Nugent, Michelle P. Egan

By William E. Paterson, Neill Nugent, Michelle P. Egan

Top students discover the complicated questions bobbing up from the continuing transformation of Europe during the deepening and widening results of eu integration. in line with authoritative analyses, the booklet takes account of the numerous nationwide, transnational and overseas procedures and contexts during which ecu integration has develop into embedded.

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And dialogue between different approaches is likely to become even more feasible were some historians at least to swallow their qualms about writing about periods of history rather more recent than three decades ago. Conclusion Overall then, integration history, while not without achievements, has a great deal still to discover. It has already put forward quite an extensive set of competing, but ultimately complementary, explanations as to why the process got underway. It has also gone a long way in adding both complexity and depth to the rather simplistic account of the Community’s early decades of operation promulgated by the memoirs and public pronouncements of those who took part.

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But even in such favourable circumstances, a conscious effort N. Piers Ludlow 29 will need to be made to flank the current top-down emphasis of most historical research, with a greater degree of investigation into popular attitudes towards Europe and the views and opinions of those groups directly affected by the integration process but largely uninvolved in shaping its course. Farmers, fishermen, steel workers, scientists receiving EUREKA and other funding from the early 1980s onwards, the first generation of ERASMUS students, as well as those European business leaders pressing for a truly uniform European market prior to 1985, would all be worthy subjects of detailed studies into how European policy was received rather than conceived.

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