In Europe, the scholarly reputation of Ernst B. Haas is inseparably linked to the vicissitudes of something called ‘neofunctionalism’. It is as the founding father of. The two main competing theories of EU integration are Neo-functionalism and It is a theory of regional integration, building on the work of Ernst B. Haas. Ernst B. Haas and the legacy of neofunctionalism. Philippe Schmitter. Uploaded by. Philippe Schmitter. 6 A Revised Theory of Regional Integration PHILIPPE C.

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Indeed, one could describe the EU as the reductio ad absurdum of such trends.

It does not purport to synthesize such sufficient causes. A gradual negotiated retreat or one that left it the common currency of some sub-set of member states would be more tolerable.

And when there was some theoretical core it often sounded quite familiar to me.

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Theory and Research Cambridge, MA: The underlying reason for this seems obvious. For example, if the role of a regional organization changes in the absence of a prior increase in tensions, it hardly seems warranted to classify it as a functional consequence.

Remember me on this computer. Spill-around is a particularly attractive and easy strategy early in the process due to the ready availability of a large number of unexploited, noncontroversial adjacent policy areas.

Ernst B. Haas and the Legacy of Neofunctionalism

Rand McNally,pp. Nevertheless, it seems worth repeating that only in exceptional, i. Firstly, functional spill-over, which regards spill-over in an economic context. The model assumes that integration is 10 For example, Karl Deutsch,et al. Similarly, their joint sensitivity to variations in international status is likely to -be stronger. Moreover, instead of strengthening the role of pan-European political parties, it has weakened them and had a disintegrative impact upon national party systems.


Ernst B. Haas

Strategies with regard to integration are convergent, not identical. Even where their nomination or financial support is formally controlled or monitored by national actors, they may: Haas realized that traditional European politics could be dramatically changed by liberalizing movement of goods capital, and persons, but his analysis differed significantly from classical neofunctiionalism.

Lindberg and Stuart A.

According to this approach, integration is an intrinsically sporadic and conflictual process, but one in which, under conditions of democracy and pluralistic representation, national governments will find themselves increasingly entangled in regional pressures and end up resolving their conflicts by conceding a wider scope neofinctionalism devolving more authority to the regional organizations they have created.

The higher order hypothesis of neo-neo-functionalism is that this will not come from below, i. Its historic opponent, realism with its pure intergovernmental and liberal intergovernmental modifications, is diametrically opposite since its key assumptions are that dominant actors remain sovereign national states pursuing their unitary national interests and controlling the pace and outcome through periodic revisions of their mutual treaty obligations.


Let us look at these three crises to assess how serious are their implications and how closely they may be related to each other. This has not yet been proved true, as EU integration has become a long and difficult process.

Moreover, citizens have shifted an increasing proportion of their votes to fringe populist parties of either the Right or Left. This debate is intended to look at the core points of each theory, where they differ and which is the more convincing argument?


Transcendence has been accomplished in the exotic lexicon of this theory. How long it would take for these functional interdependencies to become manifest, for affected interests and passions to organize themselves across national borders and for officials in the regional secretariat to come up with projects that would expand their tasks and authority was left undetermined.

Emanuel Adler and Peter M.

This is not the time or place to analyze how the founding fathers of the ECSC managed to pick an arena with considerable potential for spill-over and to steer it past national politicians in the early s.

Hwas example no common defence or foreign policy within the community project has been successful. Why not celebrate its demise and move on to a more promising and up-to-date approach?

There is evidence to suggest that its perspective overlooked some key variables and focused too much attention on others. Needless to say, the simultaneity of these crises — the likelihood that they will affect each other — makes it much more difficult to predict the outcome.

Moreover, it is difficult to imagine that the formation of a regional party system with competitive elections and legislative institutions capable of holding regional leaders accountable could come about merely by the 17 And, of course, concern with trans- or supra-national democracy poses no problem for reproductive theorists, since they see no need for it in either inter-governmental or regulatory integration arrangements.