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European Integration and Supranational Governance$
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Wayne Sandholtz and Alec Stone Sweet

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0198294646.001.0001

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The Institutional Terrain of the European Union

The Institutional Terrain of the European Union

(p.59) 3 The Institutional Terrain of the European Union
European Integration and Supranational Governance

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Jason McNichol

Oxford University Press

Examines some historical examples of the process by which the European Union has created ‘policy domains’ in which EU jurisdiction has come to usurp that of member governments. It explores two related themes: first, it demonstrates that the analytical concept of a policy domain provides a useful means of describing the institutional and legislative terrain over which the EU is acquiring control; second, it describes the evolution of such domains over time, starting with their inception through treaties such as the Treaty of Rome, and their growth as a function of treaty revisions and extensions. It documents the relationship between the presence of transnational pressure groups within the EU and the production of legislation, clarifying the differences between policy domains where cooperation has remained firmly intergovernmental and those where control has effectively passed into the EU's supranational competence.

Keywords:   European Union, policy domains, pressure groups

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