The theoretical framework of European integration
- A synopsis of prominent integration theories
- An empirical approach to European multinational integration
Many theories, stemming mainly from the theoretical frameworks of political science or international relations, have been developed during the second half of the twentieth century about international and, more especially, European integration. Each has focused on a particular aspect of the phenomenon, while neglecting most of the other aspects. Each, therefore, has had its own merits in shedding scientific light on some parts of a very complicated phenomenon, but none has succeeded in explaining the whole, in structuring scientific observations on all its parts and in predicting its future development. After pointing out the main points of prevalent theories, we attempt in section 1.1.2. to present an explanation of the phenomenon of multinational integration based on the evolutionary development of common policies.