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Europe UnitedPower Politics and the Making of the European Community$
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Sebastian Rosato

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449352

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449352.001.0001

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Beyond Postwar Europe

Beyond Postwar Europe

(p.227) 6. Beyond Postwar Europe
Europe United

Sebastian Rosato

Cornell University Press

This chapter considers how well the balance of power theory of integration presented in this volume and its competitors travel beyond the postwar west European case. It is structured around two questions: Can the theories explain why the European Community (EC) is the only example of community building since 1815? Do they offer plausible explanations for the origins and form of other cooperative ventures that look at least somewhat similar to it? The chapter concludes that EC's best days are probably behind it. Although European states will continue working together, the current distribution of power in Europe means that it is unlikely that the EC will continue to survive in its current form. As time passes, it is likely to look more like other international institutions and less like the exceptional case it seemed to be for so long.

Keywords:   European Community, EC, balance of power, integration, interstate cooperation, international institutions

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