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Sevin S. Andersen & Kjell A. Eliassen

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Introduction: The EU as a New Political System
Introduction: The EU as a new political system
Sevin S.Andersen and Kjell A.Eliassen
Towards an Ever Closer Union

This book does not try to answer the questions of why and how the European Union (EU) develops in a certain direction. We will mainly focus upon decisions on policy-making and legislation in important sectors within the EU system. The book is a contribution to the understanding of the unique character of EU policy-making. Within general perspectives on comparative politics and political organization the EU represents a new type of complex, multi-level and loosely coupled decision-making and implementation where processes often have strong elements of informal influence. It might be regarded as an experiment with new types of political structure (Laffan et ...

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