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Community and Autonomy: Multi-Level Policy-Making in the European Union


Scharpf,  Fritz W.
Projektbereiche vor 1997, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;

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Scharpf, F. W. (1994). Community and Autonomy: Multi-Level Policy-Making in the European Union. Journal of European Public Policy, 1(2), 219-242. doi:10.1080/13501769408406956.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-5A6C-A
The completion of the internal market reduces the capacity of member states to shape the collective fate of their citizens through their own policies, while the policy-making capacity of the European Community cannot be increased sufficiently to compensate for the loss of state control at the national level. If European economic integration nevertheless depends on policy co-ordination, there is a need for co-ordination techniques which impose minimal constraints on the autonomous problem-solving capacities of member states. These depend, in turn, on the willingness of member states to pursue their own policy goals in ways which impose minimal constraints on free movement within the European market.