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    The macroeconomic imbalance procedure as European integration: a legalisation perspective

    Hodson, Dermot (2017) The macroeconomic imbalance procedure as European integration: a legalisation perspective. Journal of European Public Policy 25 (11), pp. 1610-1628. ISSN 1350-1763.

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    Abstract

    The Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure seeks to prevent and correct destabilising economic imbalances in the European Union. Scholars are divided as to whether this instrument of economic policy coordination relies on the same intergovernmental modes of decision-making as the Broad Economic Policy Guidelines or reflects supranational institutions more significant role in EU economic policy following the euro crisis. Such diametrically opposed interpretations are symptomatic of longstanding concerns over the lack of a clear-cut definition of European integration. To address these definitional difficulties, this paper turns to the concept of legalisation. Taking account of the design and early implementation of the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure and using the Broad Economic Policy Guidelines as a point of comparison, it shows that the former can be understood as a modest but clear-cut increase in legalisation compared to the latter. On this basis, it considers whether legalisation, in spite of its own conceptual limitations, can contribute to a more rigorous definition of European integration.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): European integration, definition, legalisation, Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure, euro crisis
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Dermot Hodson
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2017 14:14
    Last Modified: 27 Dec 2018 01:10
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/17610

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