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By: Wolfgang Streeck

In: Governance in the European Union

Chapter 4: Neo-Voluntarism: A New European Social Policy Regime?

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Neo-Voluntarism: A New European Social Policy Regime?
Neo-voluntarism: A new European social policy regime?
WolfgangStreeck

Maastricht and its aftermath should have finally made clear what could have been recognized long ago:62 that the integrated Europe of the European Union will never be a supranational state on the model of European nation-states. Instead what is developing in Western Europe today is a polity of a new kind: an international order, controlled by intergovernmental relations between sovereign nation-states, that serves as a domestic order for a transnational economy. The politics of this unique arrangement is not easily understood and will take a long time to explore, in practice just as in theory. But what should be obvious is that it is not driven by a logic of ‘spill-over’ from ...

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