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Challenges to Representative Democracy

A European Perspective

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Edited By Robert Wiszniowski

Using different perspectives and various approaches, this collection of diagnostic texts aims at presenting all the possible faces of the contemporary Nation-State. Based on political science methodology, this volume is devoted to both theory and practice. The structure of the book is unconventional. The issues presented are extremely contextual, subject to an ongoing discussion and mostly unpredictable. From the scientific point of view, the territorial differentiation in the traditional uniform of the Nation-State is simply reconfigured and reshaped due to the new logic of internal market competition.
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The European Union as a regulatory regime

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1Maciej Herbut & 2Ryszard Herbut

1 University of Wrocław, Poland & 2 The Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education in Wałbrzych, Poland

There still is an ongoing debate concerning the nature of the European Union. Academics are trying to answer the question what the European Union actually is. At first glimpse, the European Union, with its institutional complexity and overlapping responsibilities of its instruments may seem an unorganized, or even a chaotic. However, after a more thorough analysis, it becomes evident that there is a high degree of logic and purposefulness in the development of EU institutions. What is more, the seemingly chaotic EU structures tend to show exceptional capacity of adjustment to the changing international context.

Hitherto, there had been two ways in which scholars were trying to interpret the dynamics of EU development. On one side, some decided to analyze the phenomenon from the perspectives of already existing theories that mostly focus on nation states. This approach in most cases makes attempts of comparing EU institutions with those that exist in modern nation states. Such comparative method that represents a more “traditional” approach to the problem and allows for the utilization of already existing models. On the other side some scholars claim that the EU, which is a new, never seen before structure in the history of international relations, requires the building of new models. The main aim of this paper is to find certain patterns...

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