The Integration Of The European Union

2289 Words Jan 19th, 2015 10 Pages
Modern culture commonly exceeds the boundaries of individual nation states through processes such as globalisation, improvement in technologies and the rise in free trade; leading to the concept of transnationalism (Waldinger, 2013). Transnationalism involves interactions linking people or institutions across the borders of many nation-states (Crang et al, 2003). Transnationalism is intrinsically linked to mobility; mobility is the ongoing and continuous cross-border movements in which people develop and maintain economic, social and cultural links in more than one nation, mobility (this sentence is too long but I’m not sure how to change it so it still makes sense) facilitates transnationalism with enables Europeanisation (Ernste, 2009).
Europeanisation is the idea that European values and regulations are being transferred from the European Union (EU) to other European and non-European states on a local and governmental scale However, this is not a static process; increasing expansion into Eastern Europe is redefining and challenging the paradigm of European identity and promoting Europeanisation (Clark and Jones 2008).
Europeanisation may be argued as a negative aspect of transnationalism because of the loss in national identities and the desire to create a single homogenous space, devoid of unique qualities. The essay will go on to discuss the concepts of transnationalism and Europeanisation, moving on to the processes of European integration. There will be a discussion…
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