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The State of the European UnionRisks, Reform, Resistance, and Revival$
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Maria Green Cowles and Michael Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198297572.001.0001

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The Paradox of the ‘European Polity’

The Paradox of the ‘European Polity’

(p.64) 4 The Paradox of the ‘European Polity’
The State of the European Union

Jo Shaw

Antje Wiener

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the features of European integration, which suggest that the EU is both ‘near-state’ and antiethical to stateness. It highlights the paradox of the European policy, consisting of a parallel development of two dimensions: one institutional and the other theoretical. The debate over constitutionalism and constitutional change as an approach to the paradox of stateness is discussed. An empirical example of a process in which social norms become materialized into legal norms is presented.

Keywords:   European Union, integration, paradox, stateness, norms, constitutionalism, constitutional change

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