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"Democracy at Risk? The Impact of European Integration on National Patterns of Policy-making"

Schmidt, Vivien A. (1995) "Democracy at Risk? The Impact of European Integration on National Patterns of Policy-making". In: UNSPECIFIED, Charleston, SC. (Unpublished)

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    This paper explores the impact of European integration on member-states' policy-making processes and democracy. It first examines the similarities in impact, particular the diminution in member-states' governmental autonomy with the subordination of national institutions to European institutions, whether national ministries, courts, or standard-setting bodies, and with the loss of national control over national constituencies such as business interests and regional authorities. The paper then focuses on the differences in effects related to member-states' particular state-society relationship and on other factors related to country size, institutions, culture, history, and economic structure and competitiveness. It finds that the policy-making processes of the smaller European countries have suffered the greatest amount of disruption from integration, followed by France, whereas Germany, Britain, and Italy, for very different reasons, have so far experienced the least.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > U.K.
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > democracy/democratic deficit
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    Countries > Italy
    Countries > France
    Countries > Germany
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1995 (4th), May 11-14, 1995
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 19
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:45

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