Reluctant Europeans

Reluctant Europeans : Sweden, Norway and Switzerland in the Process of Integration

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Analyzing some 30 policy decisions across three countries and five decades, Sieglinde Gstohl considers why some countries continue to be "reluctant Europeans". Typically, small and highly industrialized states are expected to be more likely to integrate than are larger or less advanced countries. Why, then, did Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland choose for so long not to join the European Communities? And what accounts today for their differing levels of integration? Gstohl argues that economic interests alone do not sufficiently explain attitudes toward integration, but rather coexist with - and are often dominated by - domestic political and geohistorical constraints. The lure of improved access to EU markets may fade in the shadow of domestic institutions and societal cleavages, foreign policy traditions, and experiences of foreign rule that touch on feelings of national identity. Thoroughly addressing these issues, this book offers key insights into the problems associated with deepening integration in an enlarging European Union.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 20mm | 399.17g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588260364
  • 9781588260369

About Sieglinde Gstohl

Sieglinde Gstohl is assistant professor of international relations at the Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin.show more

Table of contents

Reluctant Europeans: The Argument. Political Constraints. The Split-up of Western Europe in the 1950s. The Failures to Reconcile Europe in the 1960s. EC-EFTA Rapprochement in the 1970s. Broadening EC-EFTA Cooperation in the 1980s. The Uniting of Western Europe in the 1990s. Conclusion: Some Implications.show more

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