Political Theory and the European Constitution [NOOK Book]

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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 - ...
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Political Theory and the European Constitution

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Overview

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.
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'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

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Meet the Author

Lynn Dobson is Lecturer in European and International Politics at the University of Edinburgh

Andreas Follesdal is Research Professor at ARENA - Advanced Research on the Europeanisation of the Nation-State - at the Research Council of Norway, and Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Is Euro-federalism a solution or a problem? : Tocqueville inverted, perverted or subverted? 10
2 The EU as a self-sustaining federation : specifying the constitutional conditions 23
3 A union of peoples? : diversity and the predicaments of a multinational polity 40
4 The good, the bad and the ugly : the need for constitutional compromise and the drafting of the EU constitution 56
5 Europe : united under God? : or not? 75
6 The open method of co-ordination in the European convention : an opportunity lost? 91
7 Conceptions of freedom and the European constitution 103
8 The constitutional labelling of 'the democratic life of the EU' : representative and participatory democracy 122
9 Transparency and legitimacy 139
10 An institutional dialogue on common principles : reflections on the significance of the EU charter of fundamental rights 151
11 Motivating judges : democracy, judicial discretion, and the European court of human rights 164
Conclusion 175
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