Intergovernmental approach of the new liberalism in the development of integration processes

  • O. P. Stadnyk Ivan Franko national university of Lviv
  • R. Y. Romaniuk Ivan Franko national university of Lviv
Keywords: foreign policy, the new liberalism, public interest groups, social actors, preferences, intergovernmental approach, the interests of the state


Investigated intergovernmental theory approach to understanding the new liberalism integration processes. Determined the nature of the liberal intergovernmental approach that Andrew Moravchik developed within the new liberalism. Emphasized that the intergovernmental approach of the new liberalism theory considers national preferences in international relations as being primarily determined by domestic political processes. Liberal intergovernmental approach rejects the rhetoric of so­called national interests and instead focuses on interest groups that define a specific government policy regarding foreign partners. Specified on crucial economic lobbying pressure defined interest groups in the formation of national preferences. The features considering interest groups that determine foreign policy under the intergovernmental approach a theory of new liberalism. Singled out a number of critical approaches to the liberal intergovernmental approach given the nature explanation integration processes. Clarified the value of the intergovernmental approach within theories of political integration by taking into account the theoretical and conceptual foundations of his liberal variety ­ liberal intergovernmental approach as part of a new theory of liberalism, which involves the formation of national preferences in international relations through domestic contexts interaction of national interest groups and their lobbying pressure. 

Author Biographies

O. P. Stadnyk, Ivan Franko national university of Lviv
R. Y. Romaniuk, Ivan Franko national university of Lviv
PhD in political science, associate professor


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How to Cite
Stadnyk, O. P., & Romaniuk, R. Y. (2013). Intergovernmental approach of the new liberalism in the development of integration processes. Grani, 17(1), 75-80. Retrieved from