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The Gap Between Politics and Economics—Or, Perception and Reality

Loukas Tsoukalis

in What Kind of Europe?

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279487
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602979 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199279489.003.0002
 The Gap Between Politics and Economics—Or, Perception and Reality

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This chapter explores the widening gap between economics and politics in Europe. It discusses four main themes: the gradual evolution of the policy agenda at the European level, the geographical expansion of membership, the changing nature of common institutions and ‘governance’, and the changing attitudes of the citizens of the EU and member states. It argues that despite the continuous expansion of its policy agenda, the EU remains largely an economic system with an increasingly complex institutional setup with no proper political base. For years, European governments have been talking about establishing a political union as a counterpart of economic and monetary union; what they have achieved is cooperation in various policy areas, including foreign policy and internal security, and limited institutional reforms, which have little to do with political union.

Keywords: Europe; economics; politics; policy; integration; political union; European Union; European Community

Chapter.  12758 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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