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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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New Intergovernmentalism and the Future of European Integration

New Intergovernmentalism and the Future of European Integration

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The European Council and the Council

Uwe Puetter

Oxford University Press

The findings of this book have implications for research on important issues in contemporary European integration. First, the centrality of the European Council and the Council within the new areas of European Union activity requires the roles of key supranational actors such as the Commission and the European Parliament to be at least partially reconceptualized. Second, the new intergovernmentalism and especially the emphasis on informal working methods and confidential policy dialogue make the exercise of democratic control challenging. New scrutiny procedures and accountability mechanisms, which are or could be introduced by both the European and national parliaments, require more attention in this regard. Finally, deliberative intergovernmentalism offers lessons for integration theory. Notably, it shows that post-Maastricht integration can be conceptualized as integration outside the framework of the classic community method.

Keywords:   Commission, European Parliament, national parliaments, democratic control, scrutiny, accountability, integration theory

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