The Path to European Integration

  title={The Path to European Integration},
  author={P. Pierson},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={123 - 163}
  • P. Pierson
  • Published 1996
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Political Studies
Observers of the European Community have criticized “intergovernmentalist” accounts for exaggerating the extent of member-state control over European integration. This article grounds these criticisms in a historical institutionalist analysis, stressing the need to study European integration as a process that unfolds over time. Losses of control result not only from the autonomous actions of supranational organizations, but from member-state preoccupation with short-term concerns, the ubiquity… Expand
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