A European Perspective
The European Union as a regulatory regime
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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