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An application of grounded theory: a study of European integration.

Howell, K.E., 1996. An application of grounded theory: a study of European integration. Working Paper. Poole, UK: Bournemouth University School of Finance and Law.

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The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the use of a methodological technique (grounded theory) in relation to European integration theory. This is accomplished through categorisation and process, in conjunction with theoretical coding (open, axial and selective). Indeed, the paper builds a substantive theory to enhance our understanding of intergovernmentalism and neo-functionalism (pre-existing formal theories). In the aftermath of the Single European Act (SEA), the beginnings of the Single European Market (SEM) and the Maastricht Treaty it became evident that industries/sectors needed to involve themselves in the creation of the European Union. This paper illustrates the extent of industry/sector involvement through an empirical study of European life insurance and in doing so investigates and clarifies a number of theoretical propositions relating to the formal theories.

Item Type:Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:European integration, EU, intergovermentalism, neo-functionalism, SEA, SEM
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:3057
Deposited On:11 Jun 2007
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:08


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