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Restructuring Europe

Stefano Bartolini

in Restructuring Europe

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199286430
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603242 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199286434.003.0007
Restructuring Europe

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This chapter discusses the implications of the model of centre formation, system building, and political structuring prevalent at the EU level to date. It interprets European integration from a long-term historical perspective in relation to the early stages of the development of the European system of states. It then discusses the macro and micro consequences of the boundary-redrawing activities for different types of actors, following the framework presented in Chapter One. Finally, the institutional and boundary configuration of the new EU centre is related to the main structures of representation at the national and EU level. This chapter also underlines the perspective of this work as based on the interactions between ‘options’ and ‘roots’, ‘exits’ and ‘locking in’, ‘collective burdens’ and ‘individual free-riding’, ‘opportunities’ and ‘costs’ involved in the process of functional and territorial boundary redefinition in Europe.

Keywords: structuring; democratisation; regulation; legitimacy

Chapter.  20135 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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