The Justification of Europe: A Political Theory of Supranational Integration

Hardcover | November 15, 2012

byJurgen Neyer

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The debate on the EU's legitimacy has long suffered from a number of serious misunderstandings. Supranational politics, Jurgen Neyer argues, is not about the making of public order in Europe but about internalizing external effects and fostering the individual right to justification. Theconcepts of 'state' and 'democracy', he suggests, are essentially useless for understanding and justifying the EU's structures and practices. The European Union is a dualistic polity that is not replacing but supplementing its member states. Its modus of operation is the joint exercise of pooledcompetencies on the normative basis of the principle of mutual recognition. He goes on to show that the EU provides an important cure to many of the problems that modern democracies are facing in a globalizing world. Legal integration internalizes external effects and democratizes democracies by transforming strategic international bargaining into a justificatorytransnational discourse. The EU promotes the cause of justice by providing an effective remedy to horizontal and vertical power asymmetries, and to the arbitrariness of untamed anarchy. The EU is far from perfect, however. European politics is still deeply embedded in a culture of integration by stealth and closely connected to a deep mistrust in the capacity of ordinary citizens to understand politics. A major change in the constitutional set up of the EU is required. It shouldbuild on a new understanding of the EU's institutions as catering to the individual right to justification and give national parliaments a strategic role in further developing its constitutional design.

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The debate on the EU's legitimacy has long suffered from a number of serious misunderstandings. Supranational politics, Jurgen Neyer argues, is not about the making of public order in Europe but about internalizing external effects and fostering the individual right to justification. Theconcepts of 'state' and 'democracy', he suggests,...

Jurgen Neyer earned his PhD at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt/ Main and his habilitation at the University of Bremen. He has taught and done research at various universities including the University of California at Berkeley, the Free University of Berlin, and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Hi...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pagesPublished:November 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Setting the Stage1. The Challenge2. Normative RealismPart II: Understanding the EU3. The Nature of the Beast4. Towards a Supranational Democracy?Part III: Standard-Setting5. Justice in International Political Theory6. Justice and the Right to JustificationPart IV: Reconstructing the EU7. Structures of JustificationPart V: The EU's Justice Deficit8. Imperfectly Justified Structures of Justification9. The EU's Imperial Foreign PolicyPart VI: Conclusion10. ConclusionBibliography