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The Complexity of the European Integration – The General Vectors of Disorientegration

Kovács, O. (2018): The Complexity of the European Integration – The General Vectors of Disorientegration. European Mirror, Vol. 21., Special Edition No. 1, pp. 29-47.

The paper transcends prevailing literature on the crisis of European integration by demonstrating that disorientegration (losing orientation and weakening integration) is not a recent fortuitous event but a systemic pattern. It shows how the centrifugal force towards weakening European integration has developed by asking what are the general non-EU specific vectors of such a gradient. We argue that disorientegration is an echo effect of a complex amalgam of intertwined mechanisms secularly shaping the European integration process. Our paper also outlines the critical mass of conceptual prerequisites of reversing the European disorientegration.
Keywords: EU integration, complexity, orientation, innovation, governance
JEL classification: E10, E60, F15, H10, H70, O10
Olivér Kovács Ph.D is a Hungarian economist specialised in the research fields of sustainable development, fiscal sustainability, innovation and innovation policy.

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