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Helen Wallace & William Wallace

In: Handbook of European Union Politics

Chapter 17: Overview: The European Union, Politics and Policy-Making

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Overview: The European Union, Politics and Policy-Making
Overview: The European Union, politics and policy-making
The Historical Context of EU Policy Studies

Politics within the European Union (EU), historically at least, has been mainly focused around the processes of building common policies and collective legislation. Analyses of these policy processes thus largely provide the basis for the varied interpretations in the academic literature of the overall character of EU politics, including its technocratic features and limited democratic mechanisms. As a partial and multi-layered polity without a clear centre of government the EU lacks many of the dimensions of contestation and democratic engagement that arise in a state where issues relating to the formation, roles, and responsibilities of government across society are continually present. In addition, the geopolitics of ...

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