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The ‘other’ Europe: the formation and development of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), 1958–92

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Organization address
city: Turku
postcode: 20014

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Project website
 Total cost 179˙325 €
 EC max contribution 179˙325 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2017-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TURUN YLIOPISTO FI (Turku) coordinator 179˙325.00


 Project objective

Debates over the type and degree of integration pursued by European states currently dominate the European Union (EU). As the gulf between proponents and critics of the ‘Community method’ grows more acute, as the EU environment increasingly revolves around interstate relations, and as scenarios of EU ‘disintegration’ are entertained at various levels, attention has focused on historical precedents of intergovernmental models of cooperation in the hope of foreseeing the EU’s future development. Such debates have aroused notable interest in the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), the principal ‘other’ in postwar European politics. Yet very little is known about how and why EFTA developed in the way it did, its institutional and policy-making structure or the implications of these aspects for the present-day EU. The current state-of-the-art suffers two particular limitations: (i) it concentrates on very short time periods and (ii) it presents a highly state-centric realist account of EFTA’s history. This project fills this gap by undertaking a detailed historical study of EFTA’s development. It aims to (i) examine EFTA’s growth over a sustained period (1958–92) and (ii) account for this evolution as a product of interplay between actors at the national, transnational and institutional levels. Methodologically, the project deploys an innovative interdisciplinary approach that embeds historical research in the multi-level governance concept borrowed from political science. Empirically, the project draws on EFTA’s hitherto underexplored archives in Geneva and the national collections of its various member states. Historiographically, it promises new insights into EFTA history and reconnects the organisation’s and its members’ historical narrative to studies of European integration that generally focus more on the denser pre-history of the EU. In so doing, the project adds significantly to both research in the European Research Area and the priorities of Horizon 2020.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Matthew Broad
Kristian Steinnes, The British Labour Party, Transnational Influences and European Community Membership, 1960–1973 SteinnesKristian, The British Labour Party, Transnational Influences and European Community Membership, 1960–1973, Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014; 217 pp.; €44.00 pbk; ISBN 9783515107754
published pages: 182-183, ISSN: 0022-0094, DOI: 10.1177/0022009416678799i
Journal of Contemporary History 52/1 2019-06-14
2018 Matthew Broad
Ignoring Europe? Reassessing the British Labour Party\'s Policy towards European Integration, 1951-60
published pages: , ISSN: 0947-9511, DOI:
Journal of European Integration History 24/1 2019-06-14
2016 Matthew Broad
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the study of international organisations froma historical perspective
published pages: 1-6, ISSN: , DOI:
Politics semiar, Department of Philosophy, Political Science and Contemporary History, University of Turku 2019-06-14

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