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Statecraft and the Foundations of European Union Law1

Afilalo, Ari and Patterson, Dennis (2012) Statecraft and the Foundations of European Union Law1 In: Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law. Oxford University Press, pp. 275-303. ISBN 9780199588770

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This chapter discusses the political and social philosophy of the European Union. It argues that constitutional orders are determined by historical factors encapsulated in the idea of “statecraft.” It therefore places the European Union into a moment of transition from the “nation state” to the “market state.” Events such as the increased harmonization of economic policies, the Single European Act, the European Monetary Union, the creation of European citizenship, and the Schengen arrangements suggest the transition from a nation-state to a “market-state” constitutional order. The argument moves from internal challenges to external ones and shows how the nature of the state is shaped by its international relations and choices. Ultimately, the European Union is viewed as a unique experiment, but also something that teaches us important lessons about statecraft in general.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
Authors :
Afilalo, Ari
Editors :
Dickson, Julie
Eleftheriadis, Pavlos
Date : 2012
DOI : 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588770.003.0011
Copyright Disclaimer : © Oxford University Press 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords : EU, state, political philosophy, social philosophy, nation state, market state, constitutional order
Depositing User : Karen Garland
Date Deposited : 07 Dec 2017 16:11
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:05

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