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Democracy in EuropeThe EU and National Polities$
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Vivien A. Schmidt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266975.001.0001

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Introduction: Democracy in Europe

Introduction: Democracy in Europe

(p.1) Introduction: Democracy in Europe
Democracy in Europe

Vivien A. Schmidt (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the challenges faced by national democracies in Europe. It examines the concept of ‘Europeanization’, or how member states adapt their democracies to the evolving European public sphere. A more helpful way of thinking about the EU is proposed, i.e., that the EU is best understood as a regional union of nation-states in which national differentiation persists alongside integration. An overview of the succeeding chapters is presented.

Keywords:   EU, Europeanization, national democracies, regional union, integration, nation-states

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