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Designing Europe: Comparative Lessons from the Federal Experience

David McKay

Abstract

Few dispute that one of the most pressing issues for the future of Europe is the question of constitutional design. To what extent will unanimity voting in the Council of Ministers be replaced by qualified majority voting and how should these votes be distributed by country? Should the European Parliament assume a meaningful policy making role? How should the Commission be reformed? Generally this debate uses the existing and past experience of the European Union as a basis for future reform. Comparisons with other political systems, and in particular with those systems that devolve power to s ... More

Keywords: Europe, constitutional design, Council of Ministers, qualified majority voting, European Parliament, policy making, reform, devolution, federations, central power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242139.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David McKay, author
University of Essex
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