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Political Theory and the European Constitution : Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science - Lynn Dobson

Political Theory and the European Constitution

Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science

By: Lynn Dobson (Editor), Andreas Follesdal (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th August 2004
ISBN: 9780415340670
Number Of Pages: 244

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In June 2003, the Convention on the Future of Europe released what may become the Constitution of the European Union. This timely volume provides one of the first critical assessments of the draft Constitution from the vantage point of political theory.
The work combines detailed institutional analysis with normative political theory, bringing theoretical analysis to bear on the pressing issues of institutional design answered - or bypassed - by the draft Constitution. It addresses several themes that play out differently in federal arrangements than in unitary political orders:
* European values, especially the legitimate role of alleged common values
* Liberty and powers - how does the draft Constitution address competing normative preferences?
* The European interest: the noble words regarding common European objectives and values are often muddled or conflated, different actors intending quite different things. Several chapters contribute to clarifying the different senses of these terms.
This book will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of European studies, political theory and philosophy.

'A much needed theoretical examination of how we understand the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union.'- David J. Galbreath, Political Studies Review

Notes on contributorsp. ix
Series editor's prefacep. xi
Prefacep. xiv
List of abbreviations and acronymsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Is Euro-federalism a solution or a problem? Tocqueville inverted, perverted or subverted?p. 10
The EU as a self-sustaining federation: specifying the constitutional conditionsp. 23
A union of peoples? Diversity and the predicaments of a multinational polityp. 40
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: the need for constitutional compromise and the drafting of the EU Constitutionp. 56
Europe: united under God? Or not?p. 75
The open method of co-ordination in the European Convention: an opportunity lost?p. 91
Conceptions of freedom and the European Constitutionp. 103
The constitutional labelling of 'The democratic life of the EU': representative and participatory democracyp. 122
Transparency and legitimacyp. 139
An institutional dialogue on common principles: reflections on the significance of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rightsp. 151
Motivating judges: democracy, judicial discretion, and the European Court of Human Rightsp. 164
Conclusionp. 175
Notesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 194
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780415340670
ISBN-10: 0415340675
Series: Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 26th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 15.9  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1