AO 5 - 4 The representativeness and accountability of the...

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Wesley Murphy Pols 383 Leithner 1/25/11 Advanced Organizer #5 1. There is evidence that the commission is a supranational because it has displayed strong leadership and had a major role in the creation of the single market. It performs functions such as policy initiation, implementation, management, and external relations. 2. The European Commission is composed of a political leadership in the form of the College of Commissions who are nominated by national governments. They act independently and have taken strides towards a parliamentary system. 3. Any member state can block a proposal with a ‘no’ vote and each member state has a ‘weighted’ vote based on population size. After 2014 weighted votes will be dropped and be based on “supermajoritarian” decision-making.
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Unformatted text preview: 4. The representativeness and accountability of the council isn’t very fair because there is a highly ingrained culture of consensus where it is inappropriate to “push for a vote.” So if there are any protests it is very rare because members don’t want to become isolated. Summary 1. o Institutionalists believe the European Commission has an active role in politics and decision-making, it led to the creation of the single market. Intergovernmentalists contend that the Commission has no real power beyond the first pillar. o There is an ingrained culture of consensus where it inappropriate to go against a vote that the rest of the members have approved. They do this out of fear of being isolated....
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