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Discussing a federal Europe : The development of the European Commission's federalist discourse between 2001 and 2007


  • Paul Bongers

Summary, in English

The presence of federalism in the EC’s discourse has changed between 2001 and 2007. The discourse analysis of three documents that the EC published in respectively 2001, 2005 and 2007 points out that federalism in the discourse has been very present in the EC’s discourse in 2001 and 2007, but has faded to the background in 2005. The application of historical institutionalism leads to the conclusion that the non-ratification of the Constitutional Treaty in 2005 has had a major impact in the formulation of the EC’s preferences and thus on the presence of federalism in its discourse.


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Document type

Student publication for Master's degree (two years)


  • Law and Political Science


  • historical institutionalism
  • discourse analysis
  • Federalism
  • European Commission
  • Constitutional Treaty
  • content analysis
  • European Union politics


  • Anamaria Dutceac Segesten (Biträdande Lektor)