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By: Philippe C. Schmitter

In: Governance in the European Union

Chapter 6: Imagining the Future of the Euro-Polity with the Help of New Concepts

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Imagining the Future of the Euro-Polity with the Help of New Concepts
Imagining the future of the Euro-polity with the help of new concepts
PhilippeC.Schmitter

The Single European Act (SEA) came in with a whimper; the Maastricht Treaty (MAT) with a bang. When the former was initialled in 1985 and ratified in 1986, even quite knowledgeable observers discounted its importance. There was very little in the Act that did not just repeat obligations previously assumed in the Treaty of Rome (if not acted upon); moreover, the member states had a past history of signing sonorous agreements to ‘relaunch’ the integration process that produced little effect. The national governments which signed the SEA seemed not to have been fully cognoscent of the full implication of its provisions, nor ...

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