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The European Council and the CouncilNew intergovernmentalism and institutional change$
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Uwe Puetter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716242.001.0001

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The Integration Paradox and the Rise of New Intergovernmentalism

The Integration Paradox and the Rise of New Intergovernmentalism

(p.1) 1 The Integration Paradox and the Rise of New Intergovernmentalism
The European Council and the Council

Uwe Puetter

Oxford University Press

European integration since the 1992 Treaty of Maastricht has been characterized by an integration paradox. The review of key institutional choices at Maastricht and beyond demonstrates that member states were eager to avoid further transfers of ultimate decision-making powers to the supranational level, but were equally keen to expand cooperation to all major domains of public policy. These include the new areas of European Union activity economic governance, foreign, security and defence policy as well as employment and new aspects of social policy. These areas were mainly developed outside the community method and are at the centre of the new intergovernmentalism that currently shapes the image of EU politics. Policy coordination as a governance method has expanded massively in the post-Maastricht era and has informed permanent quests for consensus among member state governments.

Keywords:   Maastricht Treaty, European integration, new intergovernmentalism, policy coordination, integration paradox

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