Sweden
Another awkward partner?
in Fifteen into one?

Scholars of the European Union (EU) must lift the lid off the 'black box' of domestic politics to understand the behaviour of Member States in the integration processes. This chapter considers the Swedish polity by analysing domestic constraints and institutional characteristics. The overarching aim is to capture the fundamentals of Sweden as an EU member, thereby identifying the primary actors involved in the policy-cycle. The chapter discusses the institutional characteristics and changes following from the Swedish EU membership and the adjustments to the EU policy-cycle. The most important actors involved in the policy-making process are identified. Formally, the obvious actors are the government and the public administration as well as the parliament. In addition, there are non-governmental actors such as interest groups, political parties and the media.

Fifteen into one?

The European Union and its member states

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