Since its legal foundation in 1993, the European Union has been challenged by three concurring developments. Its decision-making bodies groaned under burgeoning legislative activity, and Eastern enlargement was expected to limit law-making efficiency. At the same time, European citizens grew wary of EU politics and increasing integration.
This book explains how European governments handled these challenges and, step-by-step, agreed on significant reforms which led to the signing of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2007.
Drawing on unique survey data, European Integration and Its Limits provides a solid empirical analysis of the three most important intergovernmental conferences. It shows how far voters and political parties have been able to influence European treaty reforms, and it scrutinises the mechanisms underlying intergovernmental treaty negotiations in an ever-growing Union. The book discusses the domestic position formation process as well as the dynamics of intergovernmental bargaining. Ultimately, it explains European integration from Maastricht to Lisbon.
'European Integration and Its Limits is an exemplary work of scholarship, combining sound theory building and rigorous empirical testing. It represents one of the most sophisticated efforts to uncover the fundamental dynamics of European integration, and it demonstrates convincingly not only the domestic origins of governmental treaty reform positions, but also the interdependence between governmental preferences and EU institutional reforms. A major contribution to the study of international institutions, both as equilibrium and as rules of the game.'
Xinyuan Dai, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
'What Andrew Moravcsik's book on the treaties from Messina to Maastricht did with historical detail, Daniel Finke does with analytical rigour for the treaties from Maastricht to Lisbon. He provides an impressively solid and innovative account of how the member states of the European Union addressed their 'constitutional quandary' in a series of reforms. A must-read for all students of the European Union interested in the latter's 'constitutional' development.'
Simon Hug, Université de Genève