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The politics of the European Communities: the confederal phase

Taylor, Paul (1975) The politics of the European Communities: the confederal phase. World Politics, 27 (03). pp. 336-360. ISSN 0043-8871

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In the Confederal phase of integration in the European Communities since 1969, governments on the one hand have been confirmed as essential actors because of the way in which decisions are taken and because of their reaction to the growing range of interdependencies among member states. On the other hand, they are compelled to enter into alliances with other governments and with other actors within the state: they have lost some of their traditional powers and authority, as nongovernmental actors have increased theirs; the Commission of the European Communities reflects these changes in abandoning its claim to be a European government in embryo. Consequently, governments tend to oscillate, in their policies toward each other, between advanced schemes for integration and the reassertion of their separate interests.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 1975 Trustees of Princeton University
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 16:19
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 05:55

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