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date: 26 May 2020

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States are highly integrated in and influenced by their broader environments. The European Union is an example of the increasing governance directed toward states. In this chapter, we show how the Swedish state has been transformed as a consequence of its integration in a European and global environment. We distinguish three typical processes that shape state activities: regulative, inquisitive, and meditative. We argue that the Swedish state, more than before, can be described as highly fragmented and typically as a rule-following entity. We also reflect on the implications of Europeanization for the capacity and the legitimacy of the Swedish state.

Keywords: Europeanization, governing, legitimation, embedded state, fragmented state, scripted state

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