Author (Your Name)

Kim Victor, Colby College

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. Government Dept.




Following the devastation and instability in Europe in the aftermath of World War II, six of the continent's nations entered into the European Coal and Steel Community. The agreement to enter this organization provided the impetus for the modern day European Union (EU)I. Although its relatively short history may not be sufficient to consider the relationship perpetual, the European Union shows promise of continual integration. While these two political systems are fundamentally different in a number of respects, the basic structure of each organization be categorized as a confederacy. Using the notion of a confederacy as a point of comparison, one can draw valuable conclusions about what institutions in a confederacy enable a governing body of this type to remain in existence with some degree of success in fulfilling its goals and duties.


succesfull confederancy, comparative analysis, European Union, Confederation Articles