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Author: Frank Vibert
 
Description: This paper reviews the scope for greater policy differentiation in the EU. It defines differentiation in terms of the ability of a member state to pursue its own policy in an area where the EU is active. It maps the scope using the concept of policy clusters that gauge the extent to which different areas of EU competence are closely or more remotely connected to each other. The paper outlines the current scope for differentiation and identifies influences on greater differentiation and its costs and benefits in terms of efficiency. It identifies a normative loss in terms of cohesion policies and a normative gain in terms of a reduction in the democratic deficit. The paper points towards institutional implications for greater involvement of member state parliaments and supreme courts.

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