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European Republicanism

Combining Political Theory with Economic Rationale

Authors: Zimmermann, Thilo

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  • Provides a critical overview of current theories of European integration
  • Offers a new and refreshing approach to explain European integration
  • Compares existing theories of European integration with the new approach of European Republicanism, to demonstrate how European integration theories could be developed further
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This book presents current theories of European integration, such as federalism, neo-functionalism and liberal intergovernmentalism with their strengths and weaknesses. It is then argued that the combination of republican theory with public good theory, the res publica of public goods, could better explain European integration. Public good theory has, however, to be adopted in order to make it applicable to European republicanism. Finally, the book demonstrates how this new framework can influence further academic debates, such as on sovereignty and monetary integration, externalities of a common European market and the driving force of European integration. It is maintained that as the republican approach does not follow a pure economic logic, there remains space for political considerations and motivations.

In this topical and interdisciplinary book, the author combines many important strings of European integration theory, history, economics and political sciences, which are clearly brought together into a coherent analytical discourse. Its strength is the interdisciplinary interaction between politics and economics, as well as theoretical and practical issues which are of high relevance for public debate in Europe.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students interested in economic integration, as well as history and political philosophy.


About the authors

Thilo Zimmermann studied economics at the University of Cologne and Genoa. Before his PhD at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, he was working at the economic department of the German Embassy in Rome. During his PhD, he spent research periods at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the Écoles Normales Supérieures (Rue d’Ulm and Cachan) in Paris.

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“The purpose of this ambitious book is to harness historical, philosophical, economic and political science arguments to give conceptual foundations to European unification. The project and the implementation of European unity come out as a determined, but also vulnerable, endeavour. The difficulties in identifying the concepts match the practical difficulties in dealing with the recent crisis. The book proposes republicanism as the organizing concept to understand the European project. All those interested in the simple, yet tremendously complex, question of what is the European Union should read it.” (Francesco Papadia, Senior Fellow at Bruegel Institute, Brussels, Belgium)

“A remarkable book that provides a convincing theoretical case for why we do best to think about European integration in terms of republicanism, rather than federalism or any of the many other ways it has been theorized.  Combining economic and political theory, the book provides highly original arguments that develop a new view of how to move beyond Europe’s current impasse.” (Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, US)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-25935-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
European Republicanism
Book Subtitle
Combining Political Theory with Economic Rationale
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25935-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25935-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25934-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 325
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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