Europe's second constitution : crisis, courts and community

Europe's second constitution : crisis, courts and community

The process of European constitutionalisation is met with extensive scepticism in current national legal and political spheres and in broader circles of public opinion across Europe. By shedding light on these concerns, this book reveals a widespread misunderstanding of constitutional federalism, which permeates the Member State courts, popular media, and many academic communities. A failure to address confusion over this fundamental concept is leading us towards impoverished development of the EU's 'Second Constitution', and even ensuring that the role of both domestic and international European courts in enriching the constitutionalisation process is overlooked and undervalued. In a bid to avoid such consequences, this book explores how federalism and further constitutionalisation - rightly understood in a dialogue of the European courts - may actually change this process and allow a clearer advance toward Europe's Second Constitution for, but also with, the people of Europe.

* Provides in-depth analysis of the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU
* Reviews the EU through a constitutional/federal lens
* Highlights obstacles and opportunities for further integration in Europe towards a 'Second Constitution'

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Markus W. Gehring
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press
370 pages
ISBN 9781108487962