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Angela Liberatore

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Chapter 4: Governance and Democracy: Reflections on the European Debate

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Governance and Democracy: Reflections on the European Debate
Governance and democracy: Reflections on the European debate
AngelaLiberatore1
Preamble: European Governance without a European State?

When examining the debate on governance in a supranational context such as the European Union (EU), it is important to note that the questions related to the responsibility of states and governments in formulating and implementing public policies and delivering public goods take very specific features. With its institutional setting and wealth of legislation (that takes priority—in case of difference—over legislation of member states), the EU goes much beyond any international organisation in exercising regulatory functions. Sometimes it is even considered as a sort of ‘suprastate’ comprising an ‘executive’ (as the European Commission is often portrayed), two legislative bodies (the Council of Ministers and ...

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