Is the European union in need of a competence catalogue? Insights from comparative federalism

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This article assesses the value of a detailed and rigid catalogue of competencies for curbing the process of European centralization and increasing the overall legitimacy of the EU. The article first details the reasons, and the actors who put the search for a catalogue of competencies on to the European agenda. Drawing from comparative federalism, it then lists five arguments why a detailed and rigid competence catalogue is neither feasible nor desirable. Finally, alternatives are provided leading to competence delimitation by other means. The main arguments are illustrated with reference to the European Convention's draft Constitutional Treaty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-392
Number of pages22
JournalJCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2004

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