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Compound DemocraciesWhy the United States and Europe Are Becoming Similar$
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Sergio Fabbrini

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235612

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235612.001.0001

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Compound democracy in America and Europe: comparing the USA and the EU

Compound democracy in America and Europe: comparing the USA and the EU

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(p.202) 8 Compound democracy in America and Europe: comparing the USA and the EU
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Compound Democracies
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235612.003.0008

This chapter compares the institutional structures and political processes of America and the EU. It is argued that the institutional structures and the political processes of the EU are quite different from those of its member-states, they are not so different from the institutional structures and political processes of America. Both the EU and America have institutional and functional properties proper to polities which need to take decisions but nevertheless lack a centralized decision-making process. This absence affects their foreign policy-making process, which is a crucial policy area in polities as large and powerful as America and the EU. Both have a pluralistic decision making structure which inevitably generates incongruent and contradictory outcomes.

Keywords:   America, EU, institutional structures, democracies, foreign policy, political stability

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