The European Union's Community Method

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The Community method is intended to ensure that in the process of making,
implementing, and enforcing European Union law and policy (a) the general European interest is safeguarded by the independent European Commission that is responsible for proposing new EU legislation; (b) democratic representation of the people and the Member States takes place at the level of the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, which together form the EU’s legislature; and (c) judicial control is secured by the European Court of Justice. The article traces the historical origins and evolution of the Community method and assesses its continuing relevance against the background of alternative ways of decision making and coordination such as “intense transgovernmentalism” or “deliberative intergovernmentalism” in which the European Council plays the leading role.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics
EditorsWilliam Thompson
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780190228637.013.153
ISBN (Print)9780190228637.013.153
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • European Union Politics
  • Community method
  • Union Method
  • intergovernmentalism
  • European Commission
  • European Council
  • Jean Monnet
  • Robert Schuman


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