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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.

Supranational Governance
Supranational governance

This chapter concerns itself with the study of supranational governance in Europe. As such, its primary focus is the European Union (EU), or more precisely those scholarly literatures (signified hereafter by the shorthand term ‘EU studies’) which have ventured to understand that phenomenon. It is probably fair to say that the EU is most often treated as the benchmark case of supranational governance (although this should not be taken to imply that the EU harbours all of the significant post-national governance initiatives in contemporary Europe — Schimmelfennig, 2003; Wallace, 2001). Indeed, Stone Sweet and Sandholtz define supranational governance as a situation/condition that describes ‘the competence of the European Community to make binding rules in any given policy domain’ (1998: 1). Similarly, Keohane ...

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