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Europe as Empire: The Nature of the Enlarged European Union

Jan Zielonka


This book seeks to comprehend the evolving nature of the European Union following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the failure of the European Constitution. Its prime focus is the last wave of enlargement which has profoundly transformed the EU. Although there are many parallels between the European integration process and state-building processes, the Union is not anything like a Westphalian superstate. The new emerging polity resembles a kind of neo-medieval empire with a polycentric system of government, multiple and overlapping jurisdictions, striking cultural and economic heterogeneity, fu ... More

Keywords: European Union, European Constitution, European integration, Eastern Europe, Western Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199292219
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199292213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Zielonka, author
Ralf Dahrendorf Fellow in European Politics, St Antony's College, University of Oxford
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