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The State of the European Union Vol. 7With US or Against US? European Trends in American Perspective$
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Nicolas Jabko and Craig Parsons

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283958

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199283958.001.0001

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The EU ‘Polity’ and the Europeanization of National Polities

The EU ‘Polity’ and the Europeanization of National Polities

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(p.411) 18 The EU ‘Polity’ and the Europeanization of National Polities
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The State of the European Union Vol. 7
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Vivien A. Schmidt (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199283958.003.0018

Europeanization has radically altered its member states’ governance practices, but these changes have been uneven and often go unacknowledged in national political discourse. ‘Simple’ polities like Britain and France have had to make even greater adjustments than ‘compound’ polities such as Germany and Italy. National leaders’ failure to communicate fully with regard to Europeanization, however, has ensured that popular ideas about national democracy have not kept pace with EU-driven changes in national institutions. This is especially problematic for simple polities, where the challenge to traditional democratic practices and ideas is greater than in compound polities.

Keywords:   Europeanization, simple polities, compound polities, communicative discourse, democracy

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