European Integration and Supranational Governance

Paperback | September 1, 1998

EditorWayne Sandholtz, Alec Stone Sweet

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The European Union began in 1957 as a treaty among six nations but today constitutes a supranational polity - one that creates rules that are binding on its 15 member countries and their citizens. This majesterial study confronts some of the most enduring questions posed by the remarkableevolution of the EU: Why does policy-making sometimes migrate from the member states to the European Union? And why has integration proceeded more rapidly in some policy domains than in others? A distinguished team of scholars lead by Wayne Sandholtz and Alec Stone Sweet offers a fresh theory and clear propositions on the development of the EU. Combining broad data and probing case studies, the volume finds solid support for these propositions in a variety of policy domains. The coherenttheoretical approach and extensive empirical analyses together constitute a significant challenge to approaches that see the EU as a straightforward product of member-state interests, power, and bargaining. This volume clearly demonstrates that a nascent transnational society and supranationalinstitutions have played decisive roles in constructing the European Union.

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The European Union began in 1957 as a treaty among six nations but today constitutes a supranational polity - one that creates rules that are binding on its 15 member countries and their citizens. This majesterial study confronts some of the most enduring questions posed by the remarkableevolution of the EU: Why does policy-making so...

Wayne Sandholtz and Alec Stone Sweet are both at the University of California, Irvine.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198294646

ISBN - 13:9780198294641

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Table of Contents

1. Alec Stone Sweet and Wayne Sandholtz: Integration, Supranational Governance, and the Institutionalization of the European Polity2. Paul Pierson: The Path to European Integration: A Historical-Institutionalist Analysis3. Neil Fligstein and Jason McNichol: The Institutional Terrain of the European Union4. Alec Stone Sweet and James A. Caporaso: From Free Trade to Supranational Polity: The European Court and Integration5. Wayne Sandholtz: The Emergence of a Supranational Telecommunications Regime6. Dolores O'Reilly and Alec Stone Sweet: The National Liberalization and European Reregulation of Air Transport7. David R. Cameron: Creating Supranational Authority in Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy: The Sources and Effects of EMU8. Mark A. Pollack: The Engines of Integration?: The Autonomy and Influence of Supranational Organizations9. Russel J. Dalton and Richard Eichenberg: Citizen Support for Policy-Integration10. Alberta M. Sbragia: Institution-Building from below and above: The European Community in Global Environmental Politics11. Michael E. Smith: Rules, Transgovernmentalism, and European Political Cooperation12. James A. Caporaso: Regional Integration Theory: Understanding Our Past, Anticipating Our Future

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`The original essays collected and presented by Sandholtz and Stone Sweet go a very long way in convincingly arguing, in a theoretical, historical and empirical mood, that in fact the European Union has moved away from intergovernmentalism and step by step is appraching supranationalgovernance.'Gianfranco Pasquino, West European Politics.Vol.23, No.2.