17. Gëzim Visoka and John Doyle (2018), ‘The Promise and Future of Neo-Functional Peace: A Reply to Bergmann and Niemann’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 56(2): 439-455.
Julian Bergmann and Arne Niemann claim that ‘neo-functional peace’ was insufficiently conceptualised and empirically unsubstantiated. They draw on the original neo-functionalist literature to propose a logic of spill-over to explain the European Union’s external policies. We argue that our original article is not damaged by this critique and its explanation of the EU’s approach in the Serbia-Kosovo case stands. We accept the need for further work, based on analysis of different examples and sectors, which can clarify the conceptual boundaries of neo-functional peace and test it against other cases.