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Title
Shaping Europe - France, Germany, and embedded bilateralism from the Elyse Treaty to twenty-first century politics
Author
Ulrich Krotz
format
Hardback
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20121220

France and Germany have played a pivotal role in the history and politics of European integration. Yet, paradoxically, a study that systematically investigates the interrelated reality of Franco-German bilateralism and multilateral European integration has been conspicuously lacking. Formulating an approach the authors call "embedded bilateralism", this book offers exactly that. It scrutinizes in empirical and historical detail the bilateral Franco-German order andFrance and Germany's joint role in shaping Europe over the past half century. The book addresses two key questions regarding France and Germany in Europe from the Elyse Treaty to the twenty-first century: Why have France and Germany continued to hang together in an especially tight relationship forover five decades amidst frequently dramatic domestic change, lasting differences, and fundamental international transformation? And why has the joint Franco-German impact on shaping Europe's polity and European policies, while fundamental, proved so uneven across political domains and time? In answer to the first question, Shaping Europe argues that the actions and practices of the Franco-German order-its regularized bilateral intergovernmentalism, symbolic acts and practices, andparapublic underpinnings-together have rendered this bilateral connection historically resilient and politically adaptable. Regarding the second question, the book holds that different combinations of a limited number of factors located at the bilateral, domestic, regional European, and international levelsexplain central aspects of variation. Together, these factors condition and modulate France and Germany's joint impact on Europe. In pursuing its research questions, theoretical work, historical reconstructions, and empirical analyses, Shaping Europe fruitfully combines the study of European integration, EU politics and policymaking, Franco-German affairs, and French and German politics with general theorizing and conceptual grounding in international relations and politicalscience.

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Ulrich Krotz is Professor at the European University Institute (EUI), where he holds the Chair in International Relations in the Political Science Department and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, has taught at Oxford University and Brown University, and has held various research positions at Princeton University, the EUI, and Harvard University. He is author of Flying Tiger: International Relations Theoryand the Politics of Advanced Weapons (Oxford University Press, 2011) and History and Foreign Policy in France and Germany (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). Recent journal publications have appeared in World Politics, International Security, the European Journal of International Relations, EuropeanSecurity, Foreign Policy Analysis, and the Journal of Common Market Studies.Joachim Schild is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Trier. Previously he was a research associate at the Franco-German Institute, Ludwigsburg, and senior research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin, as well as a guest researcher at the Centre de Recherches Politiques (CEVIPOF) at Sciences Po, Paris. His books include Debating Europe: The European Parliament Elections, 2009 and Beyond(Nomos, 2011, edited with Robert Harmsen). He has published journal articles, among others, in the Journal of Common Market Studies and the Journal of European Public Policy.

Shaping Europe is beyond doubt a field-impacting academic piece and a must-read for students of Franco-German relations as well as a broader readership interested in the patterns of European integration, past and present.
AndriyTyushka, Political Studies Review

[A] stimulating study ... this significant work provokes reflection, and marks a valuable step forward in the study of the EU.
Roger Morgan, Times Higher Education

At the core of contemporary Europe lies the bilateral relationship between France and Germany.
What accounts for the success of this joint leadership role, and is it likely to continue in the future? Krotz and Schild argue that the success of the Franco-German duo should be seen as the result of creative leadership [that] created a unique symbolic relationship. Franco-German reconciliation became a self-fulfilling prophecy, as publics, politicians, and officialsbegan to expect and promote further cooperation over time.
Andrew Moravcsik, Foreign Affairs

Krotz and Schild make a powerful argument which should make their study of great interest to scholars of European integration and International Relations... [They] have produced an excellent book, which will become the new standard text for students of Franco-German relations.
Alister Miskimmon, International Affairs

Ulrich Krotz and Joachim Schilds study brings two major innovations. The first one is the ambition to cover in one book the whole period, including the most recent developments ... The second one is to open the black box of what the authors call embedded bilateralism' ... The mastery and fortunate combination of those two novelties brings a precise and comprehensive panorama of the past half century of Franco-German tandem.
Thomas Raineau, Journal of Common Market Studies

Krotz and Schilds book should be highly welcomed by all EU scholars.
Christian Lequesne, West European Politics

Krotz and Schild make a powerful argument within the book that institutions matter, which should make their study of great interest to scholars of European integration and International Relations... [They] have produced an excellent book, which will become the new standard text for students of Franco-German relations.
Alister Miskimmon, International Affairs

Krotz and Schild have done a great service in mapping the current
and somewhat fraught
Franco-German relationship onto its past ... the book is a careful and respectful piece of scholarship.
Survival

[A] stimulating study ... this significant work provokes reflection, and marks a valuable step forward in the study of the EU.
Roger Morgan, Times Higher Education

For the 50th anniversary of the Elyse Treaty, Ulrich Krotz and Joachim Schild have provided all students of European and international politics with a special gift- a theoretically highly original, empirically rich, and historically informed analysis of Europes most important relationship. This splendid book invites us to explore embedded bilateralism as a distinctive type of international relations. The rewards are fully commensurate with the politicaloccasion this book marks.
Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University

Krotz and Schild provide a highly interesting and innovative study explaining the enduring bilateral relationship between France and Germany, and its impact on European integration. Rigorous in analysis and documentation, their book is particularly valuable because it highlights the multiple causes and effects of Franco-German embeddedness in Europe.
Anne-Marie Le Gloannec, Research Director Centre dtudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI),Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences-Po), Paris

Many see the Euro-crisis revealing mounting tensions between Berlin and Paris. This remarkable book, covering a half century of Franco-German relations and European politics, reminds us that the obstacles faced by the two neighbors at the signing of the Elyse Treaty-and at various junctures since-while different, were no less politically momentous and historically significant than the challenges France and Germany encounter today.
Gnther Nonnenmacher, Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Germany - Foreign relations - France.|France - Foreign relations - Germany.|Germany - Foreign relations - 1945-|France - Foreign relations - 1945-|Europe - Economic integration.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
xiii, 340

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