The Judicial Construction of Europe

The Judicial Construction of Europe

by Alec Stone Sweet
     
 

Alec Stone Sweet is one of the world's foremost social scientists and legal scholars. In this book, he examines the evolution of the European Union since 1959. After developing and testing a theory of integration, he then assesses the impact of the European Court of Justice on the politics of trade, sex equality, and environmental protection in the EU.

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Alec Stone Sweet is one of the world's foremost social scientists and legal scholars. In this book, he examines the evolution of the European Union since 1959. After developing and testing a theory of integration, he then assesses the impact of the European Court of Justice on the politics of trade, sex equality, and environmental protection in the EU.

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Foreign Affairs
Stone Sweet, who teaches political science and law at Yale, has been a champion of the study of courts as shapers and interpreters of the constitutional order. In this important, impressive, and scholarly new book, he examines the contribution of the European Court of Justice to the construction of Europe. He shows how the ECJ has asserted its supremacy in national laws and courts and reinforced both the supra-and the subnational aspects of European integration—proving in the process that students of government need not only a solid grounding in history and a decent knowledge of economics, but also an understanding of the law. As a result, the Rome treaty on integration has "evolved from a set of legal arrangements binding upon sovereign states into a vertically integrated legal regime conferring judicially enforceable rights and obligations on legal persons and entities, public and private." It will be impossible to teach about the EU without resorting to this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199275526
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/11/2004
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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