THE CONCEPT OF POLITICAL INTEGRATION: THE PERSPECTIVES OF NEOFUNCTIONALIST THEORY

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Nikola Lj. Ilievski

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This paper is a qualitative research on the concept of political integration. It represents a case study of the concept of political integration appearing in the theory of neofunctionalism. The research focus could be identified with the concept of political integration, in the perspective of the theory of neofunctionalism. The purpose of this research paper is the cognition of various types of the concept of political integration and its activating, from the perspectives of neofunctionalism. In the scope of this paper, for the purpose of the research, the content analysis method and comparative method are used. Also, a special accent is laid on the terms of integration in a political sense, the term of political integration as a part of this broader one and the concept of spill-over effect. Within the concept of political integration, it could be understood various types of political integration. In parallel, the concept of the spill-over effect is examined as a concept with a huge role in the theory of neofunctionalism. The synthesis of the two mentioned concepts, the one of political integration and the one of spill-over effect, would answer the question of the activating the process of political integration, and its potential dependence of existing other types of integration in a political sense.

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Lj. Ilievski, N. . (2020). THE CONCEPT OF POLITICAL INTEGRATION: THE PERSPECTIVES OF NEOFUNCTIONALIST THEORY. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 1(1). Retrieved from https://e-jlia.com/index.php/jlia/article/view/13
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Nikola Lj. Ilievski, Law Faculty, University St. Clement of Ohrid - Bitola

Nikola Ilievski graduated at the Law Faculty, University St. Clement of Ohrid - Bitola in 2012, on the following theme: The ideology of European federalism. A few years later, Nikola earned his Master's degree in international law, at the Law Faculty, University St. Clement of Ohrid - Bitola, in 2015, on the following theme: The significance of the Multi-speed Europe concept as a model for the political integration of the European Union. He worked as a teaching associate for the Sociology of law and International Economy at the Law Faculty. Currently, he is a teaching associate for the following subjects: Geopolitics and Geostrategy and Civil Society. His areas of interest include international relations; ideologies, particularly libertarianism; federalism, and anarchism.

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