Twisted Paths to European Integration: Comparing Agriculture and Transport Policies in a Transnational Perspective

K.K. Patel*, J. Schot

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Taking the comparison of agricultural and transport policies as an example, this article argues for a new way of writing European integration history. It goes beyond the state-centric confines of the diplomatic history which has dominated the field so far and challenges the teleologies in most accounts. Instead, it argues for the need to take into account long-term perspectives as well as the role of transnational actors with a more contingent narrative. Moreover, it demonstrates that the availability of alternative inter- and transnational regimes can be decisive for the trajectory of integration within EC/EU parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-403
Number of pages21
JournalContemporary European History
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011



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