The last sixty years of European integration have seen the development of a wide range of theories and conceptual tools to explain the why, how and whereto of the regional integration process. This volume has had two aims: First, to explain these theoretical and conceptual innovations, and to put them into perspective with those developments that have taken place in the disciplines of political science and international relations more generally. The second objective was to develop arguments in favour of reintroducing concepts stemming from international relations — more specifically, of concentrating on actors and their representations — into the mainstreaming movement of European studies. This conclusion brings us back to two key questions that run through all the chapters: What have these theories managed to do? And which features of the political system that is the EU still need closer scrutiny?
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