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Presenting a fresh alternative to traditional state-centered analyses of the process of European integration, Governance in the European Union clearly shows the interaction of subnational, national, and supranational actors in the emerging European polity. This “multilevel politics” approach offers a powerful lens for viewing the future course of European integration. The authors' empirical exploration of areas such as regional governance, social policy, and social movements underpins their broad conceptual and theoretical framework, providing significant new insight into European politics. Governance in the European Union will appeal to students and academics across the broad spectrum of political science, and will be of particular interest to those in European studies, public policy studies, comparative politics, and political theory.

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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