The 1992 Project and the Future of Integration in Europe

The 1992 Project and the Future of Integration in Europe

The 1992 Project and the Future of Integration in Europe

The 1992 Project and the Future of Integration in Europe

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Like most projects of this type, ours has had a relatively long gestation period that began in the spring of 1989 when we began to investigate a curious discrepancy between the enthusiasm for the 1992 Project in Europe and the apparent lack of interest in European integration among American scholars. This led to early versions of the study that now appear as chapter 2 of this volume.

As we delved further into that study and presented it as a conference paper, it became clear that not only was there more interest than we had originally thought, but more importantly, the interest was growing at a phenomenal rate. Exploiting this growing trend, we organized a conference to bring to Tallahassee a group of scholars that epitomized this new focus on European integration. The group included both international relations and comparative politics specialists in order to reflect the differing perspectives that each brings to the study of integration. The papers presented at that conference were revised, reworked, and some even reinvented to become the core chapters of this volume.

We wish to thank the Florida State University's Political Science Department and International Affairs Program for their generous support in underwriting the conference. Smith's work on our original study was funded in the summer of 1989 by a research grant from FSUs' Council on Research and Creativity and the Department of Political Science. We wish to acknowledge Jürgen Wanke for his able and conscientious research assistance. Finally, we want to thank all the faculty and students at Florida State University who participated in and contributed to the success of the conference.

Dale L. Smith James Lee Ray . . .

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