National Influences and Controls on Community Processes
It is generally agreed that the highest price states have to pay for their membership of the Community is a substantial loss of their own law-making powers. In some policy spheres — agriculture and external trade in particular — autonomous national powers have been very largely removed. The reason the states are prepared to countenance this loss of sovereignty and are willing to participate in collective decision-making is that their national decision-makers, supported by large sections of their populations, believe it to be in their national interest to do so. The particular balance of advantages and disadvantages varies from state to state, but each judges that there is more to be gained from being in the Community than being out.
KeywordsEurope Neral Defend Stake Ethos
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