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Converging Pathways- Itinerarios Cruzados

Spain and the European Integration Process- España y el proceso de construcción europea


Edited By Cristina Blanco-Sío Lopez and Susana Muñoz

Europe: the fruit of a willing construction that superseded much of its past darkness by gradually transforming numerous walls, prejudices and conflicts into bridges of cooperation and mutually enriching developments. Spain: An amalgam of creative tensions, of groundbreaking realisations, of successively frustrated and regained horizons and of long fought hopes. This monograph aims to analyse the vectors and degrees of convergence, the cohesion factors and the changing paradigms of the relation between both in a context marked by crisis and questioning. The key question in this realm is: Do they still revolve around converging pathways? The answer implies, at once, conscious mirrors and new determinations.
Europa: Fruto de una construcción que superó muchas de las sombras de su pasado por medio de la transformación de numerosos muros, prejuicios y confl ictos en puentes de cooperación y en desarrollos mutuamente enriquecedores. España: Una amalgama de tensiones creativas, ideas revolucionarias, horizontes sucesivamente frustrados y reconquistados y esperanzas por las que se lucha largamente. Esta obra tiene por objetivo analizar los vectores y grados de convergencia, los factores de cohesión y los paradigmas cambiantes de la relación entre ambas en un contexto de crisis y cuestionamiento. La pregunta clave en este sentido es: ¿Gravitan todavía en torno a itinerarios cruzados? La respuesta implica, a un tiempo, reflejos conscientes y nuevas determinaciones.
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Differential Europe. Compliance in Spain and Portugal: (Michelle Egan and Helena Guimarães)


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Compliance in Spain and Portugal

Michelle EGAN and Maria Helena GUIMARÃES

Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair, School of International Service, American University, Washington DC, USAand
Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in European Economic Integration, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal

This paper assesses compliance with single market law in Spain and Portugal. Although there has been a number of studies on Europeanization, there have been relatively few studies of the impact on the Iberian states. The growing literature on compliance with European laws across different policy areas has given us a variety of explanations drawn from international relations, law, and public administration, as to why states are leaders or laggards in implementing European laws. Though here have been studies of regional policy1, social policy2 or environmental policy3, few have examined whether the single market is working effectively. Bridging research on Europeanization, compliance and single market, our goal is to look at how effective is the single market in Spain and Portugal, as our knowledge of their implementation record is limited4. ← 489 | 490 → As a central component of European integration, the free movement of goods is assumed to be one of the most successful areas of Europeanization. Our paper focuses on presenting empirical findings on whether these two states circumvent free movement in the EU single market for goods through non compliance with single market laws, and by appraising their modes of addressing infringement proceedings opened...

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