European Disintegration: theoretical logic and realistic development

LI Mingming1

(1.School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240)
【Knowledge Link】domino effect

【Abstract】European Disintegration is a hot topic in the current research on EU. The Brexit has make disintegration a reality from imagination. On the basis of distinguishing the concept of European Disintegration at the vertical level and at the horizontal level, this paper analyzes the current status and essence of European Disintegration. By investigating existing theoretical logic of European Disintegration, it can be found out that the current academic circle focuses on the understanding of European Disintegration at the vertical level, but fails to really explain the current disintegration phenomenon at the horizontal level. According to the concept of the “politicization of European issue” and its research, this paper points out that under the impact of the EU crisis, the politicization of the European issue may lead to the result of European Disintegration. The more the European issue is politicized in European countries, the greater the risk of disintegration will be. Therefore, EU mainstream elites should not allow the European issue to be excessively politicized in member states.

【Keywords】 European Disintegration; EU crisis; politicization of European issue; theory of European integration; Brexit;

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Vol 35, No. 06, Pages 99-118

November 2018

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  • 1 European “vertical disintegration” and “horizontal disintegration”
  • 2 Theoretical logic of European Disintegration at the vertical level
  • 3 European Disintegration at the horizontal level: politicization of European issue and its result
  • 4 Brexit and the EU political crisis in 2017
  • 5 Conclusion
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