Abstract and Keywords
Supranational governance should be unlikely, especially in Europe, with its long-established nation states. Yet, it is in Europe where the shift of executive, legislative, and judicial/legal authority to the supranational level has gone furthest. This chapter examines the contributions an actor-centric historical institutionalism can make to understanding and explaining supranationalism. Focusing on legislative supranationalism and the development of supranational authority for European law and the European Court of Justice, the chapter demonstrates that agent-centric historical institutionalism allows scholars to derive ex ante predictions without sacrificing historical institutionalism’s ability to provide carefully contextualized accounts of institutional development and of endogenous changes in actor preferences.
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