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Compound Democracies: Why the United States and Europe Are Becoming Similar

Sergio Fabbrini

Abstract

This book compares the American and European political systems. By deploying a powerful new model to analyse the two systems, it draws some challenging conclusions about their increasing similarity. The book argues that the process of regional integration in Europe over the last sixty years has significantly reduced the historical differences between the democracies on either side of the Atlantic. The EU and the US are now similar because they represent two different species of the same political genus: the compound democracy. The defining feature of compound democracy is the union of states a ... More

Keywords: America, Europe, political systems, European regional integration, compound democracy, sovereignty, supra-state, supranational, war avoidance, diffusion of power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199235612
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235612.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sergio Fabbrini, author
Professor of Political Science and Director of the School of International Studies, Trento University
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