The European Union’s Non-Members. Independence under hegemony?

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Publication Date 2015
ISBN 978-1-13-880751-8 (Hbk)
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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.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of in EU/European studies, Scandinavian studies, European and comparative politics, international relations, and democratization studies.

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

Part One: Forms of association without membership
2 The EU’s different neighbourhood models - Sieglinde Gstöhl
3 The Swiss Way – the Nature of Switzerland’s Relationship to the EU - Sandra Lavenex and René Schwok
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
5 Despoiling Norwegian democracy - Erik O. Eriksen
6 The EEA and the case-law of the ECJ: Incorporation without participation? - Halvard Haukeland Fredriksen
7 Iceland – A reluctant European? - Baldur Thórhallsson
8 Norway’s Constitutional Acrobatics under the EEA Agreement - Eirik Holmøyvik
9 Representation under hegemony? On Norway’s relationship to the EU - John Erik Fossum
10 National administrative sovereignty – under pressure - Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal
11 Reinforcing Executive dominance. Norway and EU’s foreign and security policy - Helene Sjursen

Part Three: Sovereignty Under Hegemony
12 The United Kingdom, A Once and Future? Non-Member State - Chris Lord
13 Hegemony by association - Erik O. Eriksen and John Erik Fossum

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