chapter  5
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Institutions and Europeanization

The empirical evidence drawn from abstract judicial review tested against the infl uences on judicial decision-making as identifi ed by the literature. From this four distinct trends can be observed:

1) The format and style of decisions have become more and more similar. The level of interpretation, use of precedent, and formal legal arguments are harmonising across country lines. However, there is no evidence that this change of style has any effect on the way decisions are taken.