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The Road Europe Travelled Along

The Evolution of the EEC/EU Institutions and Policies


Edited By Daniela Preda and Daniele Pasquinucci

This volume contains the proceedings of the international conference «The Road Europe Travelled Along. The Evolution of the EEC/EU Institutions and Policies», organized by the Associazione Universitaria di Studi Europei (AUSE) (European Community Studies Association – ECSA Italy) at the University of Siena in May 2008. The editors of this book hope it will contribute to the debate on an interpretative thesis which is widespread among scholars dealing with European integration.
This thesis holds that the political and institutional circuit of the European Community/Union should be entirely dependent on the nation-states. The immediate implication of this view is that the moments of crisis in the EEC/EU, as well as its periods of «relaunch», are due only to the will of and decisions made by the national states, more specifically their governments.
On the contrary, many of the essays in this book show that community institutions have also played an important role in the developments in the EEC/EU. From this point of view the evolution of the Community, and subsequently of the European Union, can be examined also by analyzing the gradual extension of its area of intervention, and thus through a study of its common policies and actions. Moreover, an interdisciplinary reflection on the rules, procedures and practices behind the community decision-making process would also be very important.
It would be extremely useful to examine the «weakness» or «effectiveness» of the decision-making mechanism, and to reconstruct the historical, political and legal reasons that have led to the evolution of this mechanism in order to have a better understanding of the historical-political path taken over the years by the European Community/Union.


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11 Introduction Daniela PREDA and Daniele PASQUINUCCI This volume is published under the patronage of the Associazione Universitaria di Studi Europei (AUSE). The AUSE is the Italian section of the European Community Studies Association and represents more then 300 professors and scholars involved in European studies. Its main goals are: to promote teaching and university research on European integration; to develop cooperation among its members and, through them, the widest possible cooperation between universities throughout the world; to manage transnational programmes of research and technical assistance; to organise conferences and stimulate networks of academic cooperation; to make available its expertise in relation to curricula and programmes, and carry out studies in the area of European integration; to disseminate information on university activities related to the teaching and research of European integration through publications; and to establish, manage and contribute to an interactive communication network on the Web. Within this framework, the AUSE brings together leading professors who specialise in European studies in four different areas: economics, political science, law and history. It promotes research in European studies, enhancing cooperation among scholars in different sectors. With this aim in mind, the association has organised over the years a large number of seminars, congresses and workshops dedicated to the main topics in the European studies field. This volume brings together papers presented during the interna- tional and multidisciplinary conference “The Road Europe Travelled Along – The Evolution of the EEC/EU Institutions and Policies”, which was held at the University of Siena on the...

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