‘We the States’: Why the Anti‐Federalists Won

Renaud Dehousse

in The State of the European Union Vol. 7

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199283958
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603297 | DOI:
‘We the States’: Why the Anti‐Federalists Won

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Most of the rhetoric around the Convention on the Future of Europe and the EU Constitution was pure hype. The new treaty was an incremental adjustment to previous ones, not a major revolutionary change. Throughout the process, the member-states underscored their reluctance to delegate much further power to Brussels, and their enduring tendency to jockey for what they each perceived to be their national advantage.

Keywords: Convention; Constitution; negotiation; bargaining; federalism; delegation

Chapter.  7435 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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