The European Union's Community Method: Foundations and Evolution

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The chapter explores the origins and development of the Community Method from the European Coal and Steel Community to the present. The chapter contains the following sections: 1. Characteristics of today's Community Method 2. Historical foundations of the Community Method 3. The evolution of the Community Method 3.1. The Council of Ministers and the extension of qualified majority voting 3.2. The European Parliament's development into a second legislative chamber 3.3 Changes in specific policy areas 4. The Community Method and the surge of "intensive transgovernmentalism" 4.1. The growing role of the European Council 4.2. The financial crisis and "executive federalism" 5. The Union Method and the remaining relevance of the Community Method 6. Looking forward through the institutional memory of the Community Method
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Encyclopedia of European Union Politics
EditorsFinn Laursen
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780190856472
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameOxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics
PublisherOxford University Press


  • European Union
  • Community Method
  • European Commission
  • European Council
  • Intergovernmentalism
  • Supranationalism
  • Schuman Plan
  • Jean Monnet
  • History of European Union
  • European Coal and Steel Community


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