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European Integration within the area of Common Foreign and Security Policy: A theory-testing approach on preference formation

Roensch, Ann-Cathrin (2010) European Integration within the area of Common Foreign and Security Policy: A theory-testing approach on preference formation.

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Abstract:At the Constitutional Convention some member-states voted in favour of a delegation of competences to the EU, while others wanted the opposite. Do theories exist that are able to explain these preferences over constitutional choices? This study is going to examine delegate preferences towards the CFSP at the Constitutional Convention, in order to offer a better understanding on European unification as well as its conditions and approaches. It will figure out that none of the frequently used theoretical approaches towards European Integration and International Relations, used in this paper, is able to predict delegate preferences well. Nevertheless, the findings show that there seems to exist a difference between voting with regard to policies and general topics, which are generally favoured; or concrete measures. The study also concludes that there is a generally positive attitude towards further European Integration, except for the questions of a single European armed force and the creation of a single European security council. However, it is to say that the sample used might be too small for easily generalising the findings and thus the importance of the theoretical approaches given might be underscored
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60316
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