European Integration

Scope and Limits

  • Martin Holmes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: Scope and Limits (2000)

    1. Martin Holmes
      Pages 1-8
  3. Britain and European Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Martin Holmes
      Pages 11-26
    3. Martin Holmes
      Pages 53-71
  4. Economic Integration

  5. Political Integration

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-242

About this book


While acknowledging the ability of the European Union to advance towards greater political and economic integration, this book questions the wisdom of the European 'project'. Economic and monetary union is a risky venture even for the convergent countries of the continent - let alone divergent Britain - as the uncertain birth of the Euro proves. Political union, moreover, remains an elite aspiration which weakens democratic accountability and lacks popular legitimacy. The likelihood is that the full scope of EU integration will also reveal profound limits.


desegregation economy EU integration Euro Europe European Integration European Monetary Union European policy European Union European Union (EU) federalism Policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin Holmes
    • 1
  1. 1.St Hugh’s CollegeOxfordUK

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