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Leaderless Europe$
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Jack Hayward

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199535026

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535026.001.0001

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Epilogue: The Elusive European Prospect

Epilogue: The Elusive European Prospect

(p.305) Epilogue: The Elusive European Prospect
Leaderless Europe

Jack Hayward (Contributor Webpage)

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Forces of institutional inertia and confederal fragmentation are unlikely to overcome the logic of leaderlessness without an external crisis. The Commission has difficulty achieving administrative coordination and concentrates upon facilitating piecemeal, intergovernmental agreements within the constraint of a diminutive EU budget. The competition commissioner assertiveness in enforcing its regulatory powers contrasts with defensive Common Agricultural Policy reform. The rotating presidency of the Council of Ministers conforms with the confederal consociational nature of the EU. The European Parliament is weakened by the continuing national basis of political parties and enlargements weaken European identity. Humdrum muddling through rather than dramatic disintegration or heroic transformative integration is the likely prospect.

Keywords:   confederal, consociational, piecemeal, coordination, competition, Commission, Council of Ministers, parties, muddling through

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