What discipline is best suited to explain how the EU works?

International relations
18% (25 votes)
Political science
21% (29 votes)
European studies
61% (85 votes)
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European governance_european parliament

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I think that political science explains better how the EU works because in this field of science we learned about the institutions and the history. We learned how every actor of EU influences politics in the EP, commisions and other political groups.

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Given the fact that the EU  operates through a system of supranational institutions and intergovernmental negotiated decisions by the member states. Most of the decision making process prior to their writen and oficial standing (of each state inside de EU parliament) on a given subject is presented and debated to their elected government ( national ) and voted upon or signed by the authorities giving the decision legitimate standing in front of the other members of the EU. Following with this train of thought the first level of decision to a problem that arose in the EU is deliberated on the national level the answer is given substance through legitimate processing (either national politics or civic questioning) and sent to the higher deliberatory circles inside of the EU parliament. (in which International Relations takes place)

I believe that political science is the backbone of any decision-making process, or international relations conundrums, and it explains the logical-analytical (crunching-numbers) thinking of each actor that is present at the "round table" of the EU.

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Even though EU is not a typical political science actor, we do not need a new branch of sciences to study it.

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I think through political science we can relate to reality, we can understand how the European system works. Through political science we can accumulate knowledge aboute the state, the norms and the principles that define the political process. But the process of European integration began in the field of International relations, where we have two theories to explain the process of integration: the neofunctionalism and the intergovernmentalism theories. The neofunctionalism theory describes the process of integration as a gradual process and self-sustaining process and the intergovernmentalism theory emphasizes cooperation between governments. Also European studies is an important discipline because explains the process of integration.

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Broadly speaking, all three disciplines explain how the EU works to a certain extent.

For instance, European Studies focus on the process of integration, international relations concentrate on how states operate between each other (also being a subfield of political science) and political science is the extensive area that covers the whole spectrum of political activities. It is my opinion that political science is the most appropriate to explain how EU works (it encompasses theories that illustrate how EU developed over the years, provides explanations for the mechanisms of the political process of the Union and examines the decision making process only to mention a few aspects). 

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 European Uniuon is understandable, but there are many things that I would not have learned if I had not studied specific materials. Is our duty to inform. European studies gives us most data about how European Union works.

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European Studies is the area of political sciences that was developed specifically to understand what is happening within the EU. Political sciences can be used to describe how member states interact (i.e. the type of political systems that interact to form the EU), but not necessarily why. 

I believe aspects of international relations are indispensible to properly understanding the way the EU works. A combination of the three would therefore be the best answer IMO.

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            Discipline best explains how the European Union works in the XXI century is centered on the degree of solviabilitate International Relations between states. Political science methods proposed effective ideological past centuries European continent, as well as Eastern and Western fascism, Nazism, communism, the idea of Christendom, but this is not permissible. Existing international tensions and annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the terrorist attacks in France and Romania, Germany's economic crisis are events that justify the views of world leaders through diplomatic relations intestatale. EU governance is a mix between federalism-confedralism, but more shades confederaliste where communication exists through spill-over effect according terror-neorealist realistic.

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Firstly, the political science is so all-inclusive discipline today (the policy has the different directs of its realization). Secondly, The European Union cooperates with another countries and organisations as equal partner, as political subject (without special rights in relation to these units).
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