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Restructuring EuropeCentre Formation, System Building, and Political Structuring between the Nation State and the European Union$
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Stefano Bartolini

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199286434.001.0001

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Centre Formation in the European Union

Centre Formation in the European Union

(p.116) 3 Centre Formation in the European Union
Restructuring Europe

Stefano Bartolini (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter devotes attention to the specific features of the new centre at the European level, and focuses on the peculiarities of its institutional design. The typical centre-building features of territorial expansion, legal centralization, integration of the national and supra-national techno-bureaucratic infrastructure, and competence accretion have developed together with a persisting weak territoriality, an unclear competence attribution in vertical and horizontal senses, a partial constitutional empowerment of the subjects qua economic agents, and uncertain legitimacy sources. This configuration points to an ‘elite consolidation’, resulting from an alliance between national rulers (the national governments, the MPs) and the supra-national techno-bureaucratic centre builders (in the Commission, the Court, the European Central Bank). It is argued that any attempt to separate the powers, distribute the competencies, and strengthen direct forms of legitimacy would upset the inter-elite form of control on which this consolidation has rested to date.

Keywords:   treaties, constitutionalisation, competence accretion, competence distribution, enlargement, territoriality, legitimacy, legal integration, techno-bureaucratic integration

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