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The European Union as a Polity (II)
The European Union as a polity (II)
Introduction

One of the eternal themes of the study of the European Union consists in the issue of whether the EU is an N of 1. This debate is not about whether the EU has particular characteristics which make it unique in some holistic way. In that sense, nobody would deny that there is only one EU as there is only one United Nations, one US and one United Airlines. Events, decisions, policies, or institutions are always unique in this sense, but few scholars would deny that they can nevertheless be analysed scientifically. Despite much controversy in the philosophy of science, most social scientists attempt to explain something by relating it to more ...

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