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Principles of Policymaking in the European Union: An Economic Perspective

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  • Guido Tabellini

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How should tasks be divided between the EU and its member states? And what institutional reforms are needed? This paper argues that the single market remains to be better enforced, and this might require further centralisation of tasks. On the other hand, EU meddling with redistribution should be scaled back; this would imply reducing EU intervention in agricultural policy, structural funds and the social charter. EU tasks should instead be expanded outside the first pillar, namely in foreign and defence policies, internal security, immigration. The paper ends by discussing what institutional reforms are needed to accompany this allocation of tasks. (JEL F02, F3)

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  • Guido Tabellini, 2003. "Principles of Policymaking in the European Union: An Economic Perspective," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 49(1), pages 75-102.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cesifo:v:49:y:2003:i:1:p:75-102.
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    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance

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