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34 J. Common Mkt. Stud. 1 (1996)

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Journal of Common Market Studies                              Vol. 34, No. 1
                                                                March 1996






                    Editor's Introduction





                             MICHAEL  SMITH
                      Department of European Studies,
          Loughborough University, Loughborough LEll 3TU, England





The  study of the European Union  (EU)  in the late 1990s cannot simply be
restricted to the analysis of the Union's institutions and their technical or
administrative functioning. This, of course, is to state the obvious; indeed, it
could be argued that the study of European integration from its beginnings has
had a strong bias towards the political economy of international co-operation,
and in addition an often overt normative dimension. As General de Gaulle and
Margaret Thatcher demonstrated  in their different ways, the European project
touches some of the most jealously guarded assumptions and norms of domestic
and international politics. So much can freely be admitted, and has formed the
basis of many studies in a number of disciplinary contexts.
   The purpose of this special issue, though, is to take this insight a stage further
and to ask a number of questions about the EU that arise inexorably from the
demise of the Cold War order in Europe and the attempt to reinvent the EU for
the new context. There are in effect two dimensions along which these questions
can be asked:
   *  First, there is the question of the 'EU order'. What kind of institution is the
      EU, and what kinds of assumptions does it express about such central
      issues as statehood or the foundations of policy-making?


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