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This substantially updated and revised edition offers a comprehensive overview of the challenges confronting the political system as well as the international politics of the European Union. It draws from a spectrum of regional integration theories to determine what the Union actually is and how it is developing, examining the constitutional politics of the European Union, from the Single European Act to the Treaty of Nice and beyond. The ongoing debate on the future of Europe links together the questions of democracy and legitimacy, competences and rights, and the prospects for European polity-building. The aim is to contribute to a better understanding of the emerging European polity and the questions that further treaty reform generates for the future of the regional system. The authors also assess the evolving European security architecture; the limits and possibilities of a genuine European foreign, security and defence policy; and the role of the EU in the post-Cold War international system. Common themes involve debates about stability and instability, continuity and change, multipolarity and leadership, co-operation and discord, power capabilities and patterns of behaviour. The book traces the defining features of the ‘new order’ in Europe and incorporates an analysis of the post-September 11th context.

Open Access (free)
Jeremy Gould

place of the conventional, jural notion of citizenship, anthropologists tend to stress its historically contingent, dynamic and contested nature. Rather than engage with the core juridical issues of 34 DISCIPLINES constitutional politics, anthropologists have been more interested in the margins of political selfhood – in transnational situations such as those involving migrants, or vigilantism, and transborder residents, or in situations where countervailing authorities compete with the state for the loyalty of subjects. Indeed, in problematizing the very category

in Democratization through the looking-glass
James Bohman

become pitched conflicts, whose constant recurrence indicates a lack of problem-solving capacity in the current deliberative framework. The community that this framework creates is not one that is pluralistic across sufficient dimensions. Spurred by persistent deep conflicts (and not merely everyday persistent disagreement), debates about the framework for deliberation and the ideal of democratic community can lead to a period of ‘constitutional politics’ such as was the case in the Reconstruction period and the New Deal in United States history, when the deliberative

in The culture of toleration in diverse societies
Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, Michael J. Tsinisizelis, Stelios Stavridis and Kostas Ifantis

, whose aim is ‘to track norms from “the social” to “the legal” . . . [and] trace the empirically observable process of norm construction and change . . . with a view to examining aspects of “European” constitutionalism [and citizenship practice]’.54 Their core set of conclusions is that EU constitutional politics as ‘day-to-day practices in the legal and political realm as well as the high dramas of IGCs and new Treaties’ is about ‘fundamental ordering principles which have a validity outwith the formal setting of the nation state’, that ‘norms may achieve strong

in Theory and reform in the European Union