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Multiple connections in European cooperation: international organizations, policy ideas, practices and transfers 1967–1992

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International organisations are ubiquitous in contemporary Europe and the wider world. This special issue takes a historical approach to exploring their relations with each other in Western Europe between 1967 and 1992. We seek to “provincialise” and “de-centre” the European Union’s role, exploring the interactions of its predecessors with other organisations like NATO, the OECD and the Council of Europe. This article develops the new historical research agenda of cooperation and competition among IOs and their role in European co-operation. The first section discusses the limited existing work on such questions among historians and in adjacent disciplines. The second section introduces the five articles and their main arguments. The third section goes on to elaborate common findings, especially regarding what we call the vectors for the development of policy ideas and practices and their transfer across different institutional platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-357
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Review of History
Issue number3
Early online date13 Jun 2017
Publication statusEarly online - 13 Jun 2017


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