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By Boyka Stefanova

This e-book is set the EU’s function in clash solution and reconciliation in Europe.
Ever because it used to be applied as a political venture of the post-World battle II fact in Western Europe, ecu integration has been credited with appearing clash answer features. It allegedly remodeled the long-standing opposed courting among France and Germany right into a strategic partnership. clash in Western Europe grew to become out of date. the tip of the chilly warfare extra strengthened its position as a neighborhood peace project.
While those evolutionary dynamics are uncontested, the deeper that means of the method, its transformative strength, remains to be to be elucidated. How does eu integration repair peace whilst its equilibrium is damaged and clash or the legacies of enmity persist? This publication units out to just do that. It explores the peace and conflict-resolution position of ecu integration by means of checking out its just a little imprecise, albeit well-established, macro-political motive of a peace undertaking within the functional settings of conflicts.
The important argument of the e-book is that the evolution of the coverage combine, assets, framing impacts and political possibilities in which eu integration impacts conflicts and techniques of clash solution demonstrates a old pattern wherein the european has turn into an crucial issue of clash answer . It starts with the pooling jointly of policy-making on the eu point for the administration of specific sectors (early integration within the ecu Coal and metal neighborhood) during the functioning of middle ecu regulations (Northern eire) to the demanding situations of expansion (Cyprus) and the eu point of view for the Western Balkans (Kosovo). The e-book might be of worth to lecturers and non-expert observers alike with an curiosity in ecu integration and peace studies.

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2008a), Bourne (2004), Coppieters et al. (2004), and Schimmelfennig et al. (2006) have argued that the relationship between integration and peace is not necessarily a positive one and that European integration creates unintended consequences.

Outcomes vary between inertia or the lack of change, absorption and accommodation measuring the degree of adaptational change, transformation or paradigmatic change, and retrenchment as a direct opposition to change (Radaelli 2003). Variation in outcomes does not permit the establishment of a trend, as a result of which Europeanisation is associated more often with clustered effects (Goetz 2006), segmented outcomes (Sifft et al. 2007), increased interdependence, and the emergence of winners and losers (Radaelli and Pasquier 2007).

Because of the actor-centred nature of European integration, we need to demonstrate that at least one variable in the model of outcome creation is exogenous. Furthermore, integration is not isolated from broader influences. As an embedded process, it may act either as an independent or an intervening variable. Establishing its net effect is not a straightforward task also due to the need to control for competing explanations (Goetz 2000: 19; Haverland 2005). In order to establish the theoretical necessity of causation, the core of the Europeanisation research agenda consists of identifying the sources of integration influences while taking into account that integration is not a single-stream event.

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