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Dilemmas of European Integration

Giandomenico Majone

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199274307
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603310 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199274304.001.0001
Dilemmas of European Integration

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The Community method is the traditional approach to European integration. However, the method is becoming obsolete, being too rigid to permit institutional and policy innovations, or to apply to politically sensitive areas. For these reasons, the member states of the EU are increasingly willing to commit themselves to common tasks, but wish to act outside the traditional framework. In a Union where national institutions and priorities are much more varied than in the past, it is impossible to force the integration process into a single pattern. The Community method was inspired by a federalist vision, but a federal superstate would be unable to provide the public goods which Europeans take for granted. Lacking legitimacy, the federation would be unable to act decisively even in areas where close cooperation is needed. A confederation built on the solid foundation of market integration offers the only viable model for a EU capable of playing a significant role on the international scene.

Keywords: Community method; confederation; democratic deficit; enhanced cooperation; enlargement; federation; institutional balance; monetary union; policy failures; policy learning

Book.  255 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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From Community to Diverse Union in Dilemmas of European Integration

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Integration and Democracy: the Big Trade‐off in Dilemmas of European Integration

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The Community Method in Dilemmas of European Integration

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Delegation of Powers and the Fiduciary Principle in Dilemmas of European Integration

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Policy Dilemmas in Dilemmas of European Integration

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Positive and Negative Integration in Dilemmas of European Integration

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Beyond Intergovernmentalism in Dilemmas of European Integration

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