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 contributors||p. ix|
|Series editor's preface||p. xi|
|List of abbreviations and acronyms||p. xv|
|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 conditions||p. 23|
|A union of peoples? Diversity and the predicaments of a multinational polity||p. 40|
|The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: the need for constitutional compromise and the drafting of the EU Constitution||p. 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 Constitution||p. 103|
|The constitutional labelling of 'The democratic life of the EU': representative and participatory democracy||p. 122|
|Transparency and legitimacy||p. 139|
|An institutional dialogue on common principles: reflections on the significance of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights||p. 151|
|Motivating judges: democracy, judicial discretion, and the European Court of Human Rights||p. 164|
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Series: Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 26th August 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1