Governing the EU in an Age of Division

9781802208726 Edward Elgar Publishing
Dalibor Rohac, Senior Fellow, Foreign and Defense Policy, American Enterprise Institute, US
Publication Date: November 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80220 872 6 Extent: c 176 pp
Few international organizations embody the idea of historical progress as strongly as the European Union (EU). This book shows how Europe’s heterogeneity makes the EU unsuitable to be a vehicle of progress and political unity and makes the case for a more restrained, polycentric approach towards European integration.

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Few international organizations embody the idea of historical progress as strongly as the European Union (EU). This book addresses the main shortcoming of treating EU as a vehicle of progress and political unity between European countries: the disregard of such an approach for the underlying diversity of the European continent.

Critically examining the meta-ideology underpinning European integration, the author studies the implications of Europe’s heterogeneity, disagreements over European policies, and of pluralism of values for the EU’s governance. The book revisits legacies of post-communist transitions and the role played by international economic and political integration in Eastern Europe – as well as the implications of the EU’s enlargements for the EU’s governance. The result is a novel, polycentric perspective on the EU’s governance.

Policy practitioners, commentators, and other opinion leaders as well as academics and students interested in applied political economy and European studies will value this extensive exploration of Governing the EU in an Age of Division.
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‘Dalibor Rohac isn't all misty-eyed when people talk about the European Union. Nor is he scornful, though, of the EU's real accomplishments and possibilities. This is a rare, hard-headed, and balanced look at an important part of the current geopolitical landscape. Read and learn.’
– William Kristol, The Bulwark

‘Dalibor Rohac‘s new book on Europe and the future of the European Union is elegant in style and thought-provoking in substance. Amidst Russia’s war on Ukraine and challenge to the European security order, Rohac asks penetrating and important questions about Europe’s political personality. With a robust defence of the West and constitutional liberalism, Rohac argues for European pluralism – a James Madison-style approach to European cooperation and power. It should be read by both scholars and political leaders!’
– Fredrik Erixon, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), Brussels

‘Dalibor Rohac takes a close look here at the European Union. Unlike most conservative scholars who question the usefulness of multilateral institutions, he offers a very well-documented perspective on why the EU is here to stay – despite deep divisions among its members, despite frequent bureaucratic stalemate, and despite a nationalist momentum exemplified by Brexit. This is a book that should be read widely by policymakers and college students alike. For students, the extensive footnotes alone offer important guidance to the EU's often obscure decision-making processes and policies.’
– Charles Gati, Johns Hopkins University, US

‘In Dalibor Rohac’s examination of the European project of political integration, the author looks at both the successes and flaws of the European project as it has transformed the European Economic Community of 6 member states into the European Union of 27 countries. Despite losing the United Kingdom as a member and periods of euroscepticism in many countries, there are still a number of countries that are waiting to join. Dalibor presents a future vision of the EU which does not go as far as the United States of Europe or Federal Republic of Europe that many EUphiles wish to see. Instead, he calls for a more flexible arrangement recognising both the strength of the pluralism of Europe and the common interests of member states. This book deserves to be read by those who take an interest in EU affairs whether a believer in the project of political integration or a sceptic."
– Lord Syed Kamall, St Mary’s University, Twickenham and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Technology, Innovation and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Social Care, UK
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