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
Pages49-56
ISBN (print)978-1-137-00614-1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
SeriesThe European Union Series

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