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Theory and Reform in the European Union (Europe in Change) by Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, Michael J. Tsinisizelis, Stelios

By Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, Michael J. Tsinisizelis, Stelios Stavridis, Kostas Ifantis

Thoroughly up to date and newly to be had in paperback, this publication examines the connection among thought and reform within the eu Union within the mild of the Amsterdam Treaty. It attracts from a wealthy spectrum of neighborhood integration idea providing an account of other methods to the politics of eu constitutional reform within the overdue Nineteen Nineties. through constructing a hyperlink among the interior and exterior family of the ecu, the e-book develops a better figuring out of the recent political and institutional dynamics of the rising ecu polity and the questions that additional treaty reform increase for the longer term evolution of the local procedure.

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60 On the whole, the envisaged pattern of federal–state relations was closer to the dualistic model of classical federalism, requiring a constitutional separation of powers between state and central authorities, rather than to a system of ‘shared rule’ based on concurrent competences, which were seen at the time as a potential source of internal disputes. It soon became evident, however, that if the federal project was to be crowned with success it would have to overcome national governmental resistance to an immediate relinquishing of state sovereignty to a federal polity.

Yet it is doubtful whether subsequent amendments to the founding treaties have brought about a higher constitutional order, at least when measured against the constitutional properties of the member nation-states. Rather, it seems that the larger political unit rests upon the separate constitutional orders of its component parts which, by virtue of their sovereign nature, continue to act as ‘Masters of the Treaties’ (Herren der Verträge). The mere fact that formal treaty change requires the unanimous consent of the member state governments underlines this point.

Although falling within the wider analytical framework of the interdependence school, Puchala’s ‘new thinking’ about contemporary international integration is worth exploring in its own right, offering at the same time a thorough critical evaluation of conventional integration models. 129 His main concern was that the pre-existing accounts of the relevant field, especially as applied in the case of Western Europe, had been characterised by conceptual confusion, stressing either the indispensability of national polities or that of the central institutions.

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