Department of Political Science

A stronger, more supranational Union

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Are we witnessing a transformation of the EU from a strong supranational institution into a weaker Union dominated by governments? This chapter analyzes developments in the past two decades, investigating whether we have seen a shift in power from the EU to member state governments. Is there a shift in the EU towards a new, more intergovernmental Union? The argument in this chapter is that what we are seeing is actually the gradual strengthening of the supranational character of the Union, following a typical trajectory. When a policy area is first included as part of the EU, decision-making is intergovernmental, but over time the rules are gradually made more supranational, until the policy-area is fully within the supranational community method.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKey Controversies in European Integration
EditorsHubert Zimmermann, Andreas Dür
Number of pages7
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication year2012
ISBN (print)978-1-137-00614-1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
SeriesThe European Union Series

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