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How much of Federalism in the European Union

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The European Union (EU) is not de jure a federation, but after 50 years of institutional evolution it possesses attributes of a federal state. One can conclude that EU is “something between” federation and intergovernmental organization. If we measure “something between” by interval [0, 1], where 0 means fully intergovernmental organization and 1 means de facto federation, the questions are: What is the location of recent EU on this interval? What tendency of development of this location can be observed in time? In this paper we propose such a measure based on game-theoretical model of European Union decision making system.

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  • František Turnovec, 2009. "How much of Federalism in the European Union," Working Papers IES 2009/19, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, revised Jun 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:fau:wpaper:wp2009_19
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    Co-decision procedure; committee system; consultation procedure; European Union decision making; federation; intergovernmental organization; qualified majority; power indices; simple voting committee;

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    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism

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