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The State of the European UnionRisks, Reform, Resistance, and Revival$
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Maria Green Cowles and Michael Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198297572.001.0001

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The Paradox of the ‘European Polity’

The Paradox of the ‘European Polity’

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(p.64) 4 The Paradox of the ‘European Polity’
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The State of the European Union
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Jo Shaw

Antje Wiener

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198297572.003.0004

This chapter examines the features of European integration, which suggest that the EU is both ‘near-state’ and antiethical to stateness. It highlights the paradox of the European policy, consisting of a parallel development of two dimensions: one institutional and the other theoretical. The debate over constitutionalism and constitutional change as an approach to the paradox of stateness is discussed. An empirical example of a process in which social norms become materialized into legal norms is presented.

Keywords:   European Union, integration, paradox, stateness, norms, constitutionalism, constitutional change

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