The Challenge of European Union

Richard Bellamy

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 The Challenge of European Union

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This article examines the political challenges of the European Union (EU). It explains that political theorists and scientists alike have viewed European integration as a laboratory for exploring how far the nation state, and the forms of domestic and international politics to which it gave rise, has been affected by the various processes associated with globalization. It discusses the Charter of Rights and Constitutional Treaty of the EU and suggests that the EU can be plausibly characterized as an intergovernmental organization of an advanced kind, a nascent federation of states, and a new form of post-national and post-state entity.

Keywords: political challenges; European integration; globalization; Charter of Rights; Constitutional Theory; intergovernmental organization

Article.  6198 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory ; European Union

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