The Routledge Handbook of Differentiation in the European Union


The Routledge Handbook of Differentiation in the European Union offers an essential collection of ground-breaking chapters reflecting on the causes and consequences of this complex phenomenon. It is the product of a three-year collaboration that started with the creation of a research network on Differentiation in a post-Brexit Europe, funded by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) between 2017 and 2020.

With contributions from key experts in this sub-field of European Studies, it will become a key volume used for those interested in learning the nuts and bolts of differentiation as a mechanism of (dis)integration in the European Union, especially in the light of Brexit. Organised around five key themes, it offers an authoritative ‘encyclopaedia’ of differentiation and addresses questions such as:

How can one define differentiation in the European Union in the light of the most recent events? Does differentiation create more challenges or opportunities for the European Union? Is Europe moving away from an ‘ever closer Union’ and heading towards an ‘ever more differentiated Union’, especially as leading political figures across Europe favour the use of differentiation to reconcile divergences between member states? This handbook is essential reading and an authoritative reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners involved in, and actively concerned about, research in the study of European integration. As European differentiation is multi-faceted and involves a wide range of actors and policies, it will be of further interest to those working on countries and/or in policy areas where differentiation is an increasingly relevant feature.


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Benjamin Leruth
Benjamin Leruth
Assistant Professor (UD1) in Politics and Society