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“Democracy and Integration After Amsterdam”

Chryssochoo, Dimitris N. (1999) “Democracy and Integration After Amsterdam”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Unpublished)

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    One of the paradoxes about the study of the European Union (EU) is that, although the latter virtually defies any authoritative definition, no other system of governance has been attributed so many different labels. The following neologisms drawn from the acquis académique capture the Union’s ontological complexity: profederation, confederance, concordance system, quasi-state, mixed polity, Staatenverbund, consortio, condominio, sympolity, regulatory state, regional regime, market polity, managed Gesellschaf, cognitive region, joint decision-system, multilevel republic, directly-deliberative polyarchy, stateless market, polycracy, confederal consociation, mixed commonwealth, international state, etc. Whether or not these attributes are indeed “trapped in a state-oriented mode of thinking” (Jachtenfuchs, Diez, and Jung, 1998), they only capture part of a rather more complicated reality. An indication that the Union is, to borrow from a technocrat, an “unidentified political object”? [Jacques Delors, attributed] Whatever the answer, integration scholarship is still in search of a reliable theory as the basis for the future of the EU.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > democracy/democratic deficit
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 05 May 2006
    Page Range: p. 21
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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