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Which European Union?

Which European Union?

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Sergio Fabbrini
Cambridge University Press, 2/26/2015
EAN 9781107103948, ISBN10: 1107103940

Hardcover, 376 pages, 22.9 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
Language: English

Sergio Fabbrini argues that the European Union (EU) is made up of states pursuing different aims, rather than simply moving in the same direction at different speeds. He describes the alternative perspectives on the EU (an economic community, an intergovernmental union, and a parliamentary union), that led to multiple compromises in its structure and shows how the Euro crisis has called them into question. The book argues that a new European political order is necessary to deal with the consequences of the crisis, based on an institutional differentiation between the EU member states interested only in market co-operation and those advancing towards a genuine economic and monetary union. Such a differentiation would allow the latter group to become a political union, conceptualised as a compound union of states and citizens, while preserving a revised framework of a single market in which both groups of states can participate.

Preface
how many Unions?
Part I. Institutionalisation of Multiple Unions
1. From Rome to the Lisbon Treaty
2. The Lisbon Treaty and the Euro Crisis
3. Institutionalisation and constitutional divisions
Part II. Main Perspectives on the European Union
4. The perspective of the economic community
5. The perspective of intergovernmental union
6. The perspective of parliamentary union
Part III. Towards the Compound Union Perspective
7. Comparing democratic models
8. Compound unions and the EU
9. A new political order in Europe.