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2012 | 18 | nr 1-2 | 145--155
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The Relevance of Neofunctionalism in Explaining European Integration in its Origins and Today

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The aim of this essay is to try to answer the question about the relevance of neofunctionalism in explaining the European reality by taking into consideration some of the strengths and weaknesses of the neofunctionalism theory. The hypothesis is that in spite of the wave of criticism, neofunctionalism is still worth considering, especially in order to explain specific aspects of the integration processes. The analysis is based on the examination of main features of the revised neofunctionalism theory, taking into account main critics of the original formulations - both 'internal critiques' developed by E.B. Hass, and 'external critiques' formulated by its opponents. The aim of this essay is to prove the relevance of this theory in explaining European integration by providing the reader with the examples of how to apply neofunctionalist framework in the area of competition policy and visa, asylum and immigration policy. (original abstract)
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