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Rethinking Europe by Chris Rumford, Gerard Delanty

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8    The European Union as non-state

The spatialization of EU governance

There exists no satisfactory account of the EU as a form of state. Indeed, the question of the EU-as-state has proved to be an intractable problem for social scientists. This is not because social science has been unable to develop concepts with which to attempt to understand supra-national state forms. In fact a great number of novel approaches have been developed to capture the nature of the Euro-state: multi-level governance, network polity, transnational state, infra-national state, metagovernance, regulatory state, quasi-federal polity, etc., all of them at least partially successful in capturing some aspect of the state-like properties of the EU. The problem lies ...

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