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What Kind of Europe?$
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Loukas Tsoukalis

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279487

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199279489.001.0001

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The Gap Between Politics and Economics—Or, Perception and Reality

The Gap Between Politics and Economics—Or, Perception and Reality

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What Kind of Europe?

Loukas Tsoukalis (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the widening gap between economics and politics in Europe. It discusses four main themes: the gradual evolution of the policy agenda at the European level, the geographical expansion of membership, the changing nature of common institutions and ‘governance’, and the changing attitudes of the citizens of the EU and member states. It argues that despite the continuous expansion of its policy agenda, the EU remains largely an economic system with an increasingly complex institutional setup with no proper political base. For years, European governments have been talking about establishing a political union as a counterpart of economic and monetary union; what they have achieved is cooperation in various policy areas, including foreign policy and internal security, and limited institutional reforms, which have little to do with political union.

Keywords:   Europe, economics, politics, policy, integration, political union, European Union, European Community

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