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A smart state handling a differentiated integration dilemma? Concluding on Denmark in the European Union?

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posted on 20.09.2013, 10:33 by Lee Miles, Anders Wivel
Denmark has traditionally been portrayed as an outlier when it comes to European integration. Depicted as an ‘anxious’ or ‘reluctant’ European and a member of the ‘other’, i.e. Nordic, European Community, this respective view has been commonplace both at the elite and at the public level within Denmark and among discussions within other states on Denmark. This paper tells a slightly different and more complex story of Denmark and the European Union, and seeks to present a more nuanced appreciation of Denmark in the European Union. Playing the game of differentiated integration in a Union characterized by increasing diversity, Denmark has accepted Europeanization as a fundamental condition for policy-making, even in policy areas affected by the Danish opt-outs. From this point of departure, the paper explores Denmark may be seen as an active European handling a differentiated integration dilemma.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Citation

MILES, L. and WIVEL, A., 2014. A smart state handling a differentiated integration dilemma? Concluding on Denmark in the European Union? IN: Miles, L. and Wivel, A. (eds.) Denmark and the European Union. London: Routledge, pp. 228-238.

Publisher

Routledge © 2014 Lee Miles and Anders Wivel for selection and editorial matter; individual contributors their contribution

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2014

Notes

This book chapter was published by Routledge in the book Denmark and the European Union. It was originally presented at the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES)] in '40 Years since the First Enlargement', University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Conference, Woburn Conference Centre, London, 7-8 March 2013.

Book series

Europe and the Nation State;16

Language

en