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Constructing a Policy-Making State?Policy Dynamics in the EU$
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Jeremy Richardson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199604104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604104.001.0001

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Supranational State Building in the European Union

Supranational State Building in the European Union

(p.3) 1 Supranational State Building in the European Union
Constructing a Policy-Making State?

Jeremy Richardson

Oxford University Press

This chapter defines Europeanization somewhat differently to many analysts, defining Europeanization as the process by which the key decisions about public policies are gradually transferred to the European level (or for new policy areas, emerge at the European level).This is in contrast to definitions of Europeanization which focus on the adaption of member states to European public policies. It is argued that conventional definitions of the state, which emphasise a monopoly of the use of legitimate violence, are outdated and that there are different forms of the state which are more appropriate to describe how modern governance works. Drawing on the works of authors such as James Caporaso, it is argued that the European Union does, indeed, exhibit many of the characteristics of a modern state. In particular, it has acquired for itself vast policy-making powers as well as a degree of coercive power. In short, it can claim to be a ‘policy-making state’.

Keywords:   Europeanization, policy-making, state, coercion

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