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Chapter 4

Chapter Summary:

This chapter evaluates the effects of the European integration process on its member-states. It focuses in particular on:

  1. The Transformation of the EU since 1985
  2. Europeanisation of national politics and domestication of European Politics
  3. National governments and parliaments in the EU multilevel governance system

Questions for Revision:

• Define the concept of ‘Europeanisation’ and give examples from different
European countries.
• What is the role of the Council of the European Union in the European Union
political system?
• Discuss the role of national parliaments in the EU multilevel governance
system.
• How much autonomy have member states in relation to the supranational
institutions of the EU?
• How democratic is the European Union?

Further Reading

Important articles and chapters

Börzel, Tanja and Thomas Risse (2000), When Europe Hits Home: Europeanization and
Domestic Change. European University Institute, working papers, no. 56.
Börzel, Tanja (2005), Europeanization: How the European Union interacts with the memberstates.
In: Simon Bulmer and Christian Lequesne (eds), The Member-States of the European
Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.45–69.
Knill,Christoph and Dork Lehmkuhl (2002), The national impact of European Union
regulatory policy: three Europeanization mechanisms. European Journal of Political Research,
41, 255–80.
Ladrech, Robert (1994), Europeanization of domestic politics and institutions: the case of
France. Journal of Common Market Studies, 32(1): 69–88.
Radaelli, Claudio (2003), The Europeanization of public policy. In: Kevin Featherstone and
Claudio M. Radaelli (eds), The Politics of Europeanization. Oxford: Oxford University Press,
pp. 27–56.
European Union core political system
Cini, Michele (ed.) (2007), European Union Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hix, Simon (2005), The Political System of the European Union. Basingstroke: Palgrave.
Wallace, Helen, William Wallace and Mark A. Pollack (eds) (2005), Policy-Making in the
European Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Europeanisation of member states
Bulmer, Simon and Christian Lequesne (eds) (2005), The Member-States of the European
Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Cowles, Maria Green, James Caporaso and Thomas Risse (eds) (2001), Transforming
Europe: Europeanization and Domestic Change. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
Featherstone, Kevin and Claudio M. Radaelli (eds) (2003), The Politics of Europeanization.
Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Schimmelfennig, Frank and Ulrich Sedelmeier (eds) (2005), Europeanization of Central and
Eastern Europe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Schmidt, Vivien (2005), Democracy in Europe. The EU and National Institutions. Oxford:
Oxford University Press.

National parliaments and the European Union
Holzhacker, Ronald and Erik Albaek (eds) (2007), Democratic Governance and European
Integration: Linking Societal and State Processes of Democracy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Maurer, Andreas and Wolfgang Wessels (eds) (2001), National Parliaments on their Ways
to Europe: Losers or Latecomers? Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft.
O’Brennan, John and Tapio Raunio (eds) (2007), National Parliaments within the Enlarged
European Union. London: Routledge.

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