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The asymmetry of European integration: or why the EU cannot be a "Social Market Economy"

Die Asymmetrie der europäischen Integration : oder warum die EU keine soziale Marktwirtschaft sein kann
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Scharpf, Fritz W.

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Corporate Editor Freie Universität Berlin, FB Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft Kolleg-Forschergruppe "The Transformative Power of Europe"
Abstract "Judge-made law has played a crucial role in the process of European integration. In the vertical dimension, it has greatly reduced the range of autonomous policy choices in the member states, and it has helped to expand the reach of European competences. At the same time, however, 'Integration through Law' does have a liberalizing and deregulatory impact on the socioeconomic regimes of EU member states. This effect is generally compatible with the status quo in liberal market economies, but it tends to undermine the institutions and policy legacies of Continental and Scandinavian social market economies. Given the high consensus requirements of European legislation, this structural asymmetry cannot be corrected through political action at the European level." (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; European market; social market economy; European integration; European Law; legislation; EU member state; liberalization; economic integration; deregulation
Classification European Politics; Law
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords socio-economic regimes; liberal market economies; judical deregulation
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Berlin
Page/Pages 36 p.
Series KFG Working Paper Series, 6
ISSN 1868-7601
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications