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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 European Union through an American Prism

The European Union through an American Prism

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(p.439) 19 The European Union through an American Prism
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The State of the European Union Vol. 7
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Rogan Kersh

James Morone

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199283958.003.0019

The USA is deeply implicated in European dreams of a more perfect union. This chapter investigates three aspects of the European-American nexus. First, it focuses on the striking gap between politics and administration in contemporary Europe, and reflects on the implications for democracy. Second, it examines recent tensions between the USA and European governments, arguing that the source goes far deeper than the bare-knuckles diplomacy of the current Bush Administration. Finally, it examines the early history of US national unity as a model for European efforts.

Keywords:   politics, administration, democracy, constitution, state, nation, federation, confederation

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