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The Inside Threat: European Integration and the European Court of Justice
Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has long been recognized as a major engine behind the European integration project for its role in passing judgments expanding the powers and scope of the European Community, while member states have consistently reacted negatively to judgments limiting their sovereignty or granting the Community new powers. It is this interplay between the Court and member state interests that cause the ECJ to pose a threat to the future of integration. Using a combined framework of neofunctionalism and rational choice new institutionalism, six landmark cases and the events surrounding them are studied, revealing the motivations behind the Court’s and member states’ actions. From the analysis of these cases is created a set of criteria which can be used to predict when the ECJ will make an activist decision broadening the powers of the Community at the expense of the member states as well as when, and how, member states will respond negatively.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ekonomiska institutionen , 2006. , 95 p.
Keyword [en]
Integration, European Court of Justice, Neofunctionalism, Rational Choice New Institutionalism, European Union
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-7122ISRN: LIU-EKI/INT-D--06/013--SEOAI: diva2:22177
Subject / course
Master's Programme in International and European Relations
2006-06-09, GG33, G Huset, 08:00
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2006-07-17 Created: 2006-07-17 Last updated: 2012-09-10

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