The political system of the European Union

Authored by: Desmond Dinan

Routledge Handbook of European Politics

Print publication date:  January  2015
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415626750
eBook ISBN: 9781315755830
Adobe ISBN: 9781317628361

10.4324/9781315755830.ch11

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Abstract

The European Union (EU) has a singular political system, reflecting the singularity of the EU itself (Hix and Hoyland 2011). Nowhere else in the world have countries agreed to transfer so much sovereignty in such a wide range of policy fields to a level of governance above that of the nation-state. Nowhere else is the supranational level so highly developed and sophisticated. Nowhere else is there a system of multi-level governance that ties the sub-national, national and supranational levels inextricably together.

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