From Confederacy to Federation: A case for a Federal Europe

McKenna, David (2004) From Confederacy to Federation: A case for a Federal Europe. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The purpose of my study is to analyse and understand the European integration process in respect of the creation of a federal state. To assess the current institutional situation, which exists in the EU and hopefully, provide grounds for a European federation through the medium of taxation and fiscal policy.

To achieve this, I propose to examine and to consider the topic from a number of perspectives. To begin with, I will examine the European institutions as they presently exist and present an understanding of how they function. This will allow me to compare their structure and their powers against the standard principles for a federal state; I will do this in the third section of my study. In order to do this effectively, I will give a summary of the two political systems available to the European Union, namely confederacy and federation in section 2.

In the fourth part of my work, I will recount the history of the European integration process, which I believe is essential to the understanding of this subject matter. An awareness of how the EU came to its present situation will allow a better grasp of the problems which exist in further future integration and also where difficulties arose in the past.

Finally, I will endeavour to establish a basis, which should compel the EU member states to complete the creation of a European federation, I intend to accomplish this by discussing the area of EU taxation and fiscal policy and the affect Economic and Monetary Unions (EMU) has had on it. I will provide also the basic principles of taxation, fiscal federalism i.e. taxation in a federation and EMU.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state. > Federalism
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > European Union
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: Tim Lawless
Date Deposited: 04 May 2010 09:34
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2015 16:51

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