Independence under Hegemony?

A new book entitled The European Union's non-members: Independence under hegemony? asks whether states closely affiliated with the EU, but which have chosen not to be full members, experience effects on their legal and political self-governing capabilities.

The EU is a supranational organization, whose reach and influence extends well beyond its member states, especially to the many states that have signed various forms of association agreement with it.

This book asks whether qualifying states who have eschewed EU membership experience negative effects on their legal and political self-governing abilities, or whether they manage their independence with few such effects. It explores the idea that the closer the affiliation a non-member state has with the EU, the more susceptible to hegemony the relationship appears to be. In addition, the book provides an overview of the total range of agreements the EU has with non-member states.

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Chapter 1: Introduction – asymmetry and the problem of dominance
Erik O. Eriksen and John Erik Fossum

Part One: Forms of association without membership

Chapter 2: The EU’s different neighbourhood models
Sieglinde Gstöhl

Chapter 3: The Swiss Way – the Nature of Switzerland’s Relationship to the EU
Sandra Lavenex and René Schwok

Chapter 4: Switzerland – bilateralism’s polarizing consequences in a very particular/ist democracy
Joachim Blatter

Part Two: Welcomed, inside, but still unwilling – two EEA countries assessed

Chapter 5: Despoiling Norwegian democracy
Erik O. Eriksen

Chapter 6: The EEA and the case-law of the ECJ: Incorporation without participation?
Halvard Haukeland Fredriksen

Chapter 7: Iceland – A reluctant European?
Baldur Thórhallsson

Chapter 8: Norway’s constitutional acrobatics under the EEA Agreement
Eirik Holmøyvik

Chapter 9: Representation under hegemony? On Norway’s relationship to the EU
John Erik Fossum

Chapter 10: National administrative sovereignty – under pressure
Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal

Chapter 11: Reinforcing executive dominance: Norway and EU’s foreign and security policy
Helene Sjursen

Part Three: Sovereignty Under Hegemony

Chapter 12: The United Kingdom, a once and future (?) non-member state
Christopher Lord

Chapter 13: Hegemony by association
Erik O. Eriksen and John Erik Fossum

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The European Union's Non-Members: Independence under Hegemony?
Erik Oddvar Eriksen og John Erik Fossum (eds)

Routledge, 2015
ISBN: 9781138922457

Published June 19, 2015 9:58 AM - Last modified May 4, 2017 9:32 AM