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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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Is the Council Becoming an Upper House?

Is the Council Becoming an Upper House?

(p.143) 7 Is the Council Becoming an Upper House?
The State of the European Union Vol. 7

Jeffrey Lewis

Oxford University Press

The EU’s Council of Ministers increasingly resembles an upper legislative house in a bicameral system more than any international organization. But the EU still gives far more power to territorially-based interests at the Council level than do federal systems in the US or Germany. The Council also blurs legislative and executive powers in a unique way, and this ambiguity is not getting any clearer — the Council increasingly exhibits some common legislative dynamics, but is also maintaining traditions as a consensus-oriented diplomatic body.

Keywords:   Council of Ministers, Senate, legislature, federalism, executive, consensus, deliberation

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