How federal? The organisational dimension of integration in the EU (and elsewhere)

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Series Details Vol.8, No.5, 2001, p728-746
Publication Date October 2001
ISSN 1350-1763
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To figure out what kind of polity the EU is developing into, contending approaches to European integration apply quite different criteria. This article argues that the new institutional perspective could be strengthened considerably by specifying the organisational principles embodied in a given institutional structure. If the task is to integrate sub-territories, a highly integrated system is, in organisational terms, a system in which non-territorial organisational components have taken precedence over territorial ones at the centre. Thus, sub-territories as such are only marginally reflected in the organisational set-up at the centre. This organisational conceptualisation provides a frame of reference within which reform efforts and actual changes in the EU over time are interpreted. By examining the behavioural consequences of different organising principles, it becomes relatively clear that the extent to which decision-makers might be resocialised at the EU level is highly contingent upon an institution's organisational characteristics

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