This volume explores the theoretical value of applying rational choice theory to questions of regional integration. As with other questions of conflict and cooperation in the field of international politics, studies of European integration are divided largely between the realist and liberalist perspectives. Yet neither of these schools of thought aptly explains the dynamics characterizing this process, that is, the major advances in regional integration and the long periods of paralysis. The contributions in this volume work their way from the most general questions and macro-processes down to particular policy problems of the European Union and the micro-foundations of interstate cooperation. The work will be of interest to scholars and policymakers in international relations, international economics, and European studies.
About the Author:
GERALD SCHNEIDER holds the Chair in International Relations on the Faculty of Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Director and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Bern in Switzerland.
PATRICIA WEITSMAN is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ohio University. Her research and publications are in the areas of regional integration, international security, and American foreign policy making.
THOMAS BERNAUER is Senior Lecturer and Research Associate at the Center for Political Science at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.