Der vergessene Hegemon : die Vereinigten Staaten und die Europäische Integration

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SCHÖNDORF, Elisabeth, 2004. Der vergessene Hegemon : die Vereinigten Staaten und die Europäische Integration [Master thesis]

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Schöndorf, Elisabeth The thesis deals with the US-American influence on the process of European integration and with the question of how this factor has been dealt with in European integration theories.<br />Processing the research questions of<br />Have the United States as regional hegemon influenced the European integration processs? and<br />Does the inclusion of the external factor ´American hegemonial influence on processes of cooperation and integration among European states´ into the mainstream integration theories Neo-Functionalism and Intergouvernementalism advance their respective descriptive and explanatory power?" ,<br />the paper aims at<br />reconstructing and analysing the hegemonial influence of the United States, and thus at systematizing the relevant literature, as well as at<br />theory-building in accordance with Imre Lakatos´ concept of the ´Methodology of Scientific Research Programs´ (MSRP).<br /><br /><br />Examining the notoriously neglected issue of the geopolitical dimension of Western Europe´s post-1945 regional integration, I develop an analytical raster which combines the foci of Neo-Functionalism and Intergouvernementalism with assumptions of international relations´ grand theories of Liberalism-Institutionalism and (Neo-) Realism on the concept of "hegemony". The historico-empirical material collected in the literature analysis is subsequently screened via this template´s categories.<br /><br /><br />The second part of the study deals with the question of whether this hitherto omitted factor of US influence as "benevolent hegemon" can be included in the two integration theories. Based on the MSRP by Lakatos, I identify four criteria which are to be met: logical or theoretical coherence and thus the compatibility of the factor to be integrated with the hard core assumptions of the theory in question; empirical accuracy and thus the realistic description of the phenomenon of interest; novelty and thus the explanation of phenomena hitherto not accounted for; multi-causal consistency and thus the existence of logical starting points. These criteria are discussed for both theories - with the result that the integration of this omitted external variable feasible as well as fruitful in terms of advancing their descriptive and explanatory power. application/pdf Der vergessene Hegemon : die Vereinigten Staaten und die Europäische Integration deposit-license 2011-03-24T10:12:52Z 2004 Schöndorf, Elisabeth 2011-03-24T10:12:52Z deu The Omitted Hegemon : The United States and European Integration

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