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The Limits of Europe: Membership Norms and the Contestation of Regional Integration

Where does Europe begin and end? How have the European Union and its precursors decided which countries are eligible to join the community and which are not? Few issues are more hotly debated, more important for the course of European integration, or more consequential for individuals in and around the EU. Political Scientist Daniel Thomas (Leiden University) demonstrates that the limits of Europe are determined by the values shared at particular moments in time by the leaders of the community's member states. These norms, rather than policy preferences, shape the community’s decisions on enlargement. And, as Thomas’ research makes clear, these norms have changed considerably over time.

Daniel Thomas
02 December 2021
› Oxford University Press
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