Herding cats: Understanding the difficulties of European integration

Detta är en Master-uppsats från Uppsala universitet/Företagsekonomiska institutionen

Sammanfattning: The study is set out to contribute to an increased understanding of the structural problems that cause difficulties for the European Union to achieve common action, and contests the assumption that a permanent presidency of the European Council will solve these issues. This study describes the European Union as a meta-organisation and through organisational theory to understand the issue. It also reviews the original purpose of the European Coal and Steel Community to provide a historical understanding of the European Union as a meta-organisation. This study finds that the issues causing difficulties to achieve common action and to speak with one voice stems from inherent conflict of autonomy between the EU and its member states. The European Union’s misguided assumptions that increased authority through the appointment of a President will increase its decision-making abilities. As this research shows the European Union’s attempts to increase its authority is constantly met with member states unwillingness to give the increased authority at the price of their autonomy. 

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