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Supranational State Building in the European Union

Jeremy Richardson

in Constructing a Policy-Making State?

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199604104
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741531 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604104.003.0001
Supranational State Building in the European Union

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This chapter defines Europeanization somewhat differently to many analysts, defining Europeanization as the process by which the key decisions about public policies are gradually transferred to the European level (or for new policy areas, emerge at the European level).This is in contrast to definitions of Europeanization which focus on the adaption of member states to European public policies. It is argued that conventional definitions of the state, which emphasise a monopoly of the use of legitimate violence, are outdated and that there are different forms of the state which are more appropriate to describe how modern governance works. Drawing on the works of authors such as James Caporaso, it is argued that the European Union does, indeed, exhibit many of the characteristics of a modern state. In particular, it has acquired for itself vast policy-making powers as well as a degree of coercive power. In short, it can claim to be a ‘policy-making state’.

Keywords: Europeanization; policy-making; state; coercion

Chapter.  10803 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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