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Dilemmas of European IntegrationThe Ambiguities and Pitfalls of Integration by Stealth$
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Giandomenico Majone

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199274304.001.0001

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The Community Method

The Community Method

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(p.42) 3 The Community Method
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Dilemmas of European Integration
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Giandomenico Majone

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199274304.003.0003

The Community system is not based on separation of powers but on representation of interests. Each European institution is the bearer of a particular, national or supranational interest, which it strives to protect and promote. This makes the European Community a latter-day version of mixed government. The principle of institutional balance, typical of mixed government, entails the preservation of the relative position of each interest, and of the institution which represents it. This key principle, combined with the Commission’s monopoly of agenda setting, has become a serious obstacle to institutional innovation and policy learning in the EU.

Keywords:   agenda setting, classical Community method, decision rules, institutional balance, interest representation, mixed government, separation of powers, supranationalism, unanimity

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