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Integrating Europe: Informal Politics and Institutional Change

Jeffrey Stacey


In Integrating Europe: Informal Politics and Institutional Change the author explains why the European Union (EU) Member States actively surrender policy‐making power to supranational authorities in unconventional ways. In light of the general antipathy toward giving up national sovereignty in European societies—even where “pro‐European” sentiment thrives, why do national governments allow the creation of any new EU laws or policies whose effects they cannot keep under their general control? Why do EU Member States allow any sovereignty transfer to occur outside of intergovernmental treaties t ... More

Keywords: Europe, European Union, European integration, regionalism, institutional change, informal accords, informal interorganizational dynamics, interinstitutional agreements, institutionalization, constitutional conventions, history‐making integration, interregnum integration, rational choice institutionalism, historical institutionalism, strategic interaction, sovereignty, soft law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199584765
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Stacey, author
Assistant Professor, Tulane University, Political Science Department
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