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Vol 22 No 5 May/June 2017

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Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt

Edited by: Patricia Londono, David Eady, A.T.H. Smith, Rt. Hon Lord Eassie
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The Tangled Complexity of the EU Constitutional Process: The Frustrating Knot of Europe

ISBN13: 9780415688192
Published: November 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00
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Despite, or perhaps because of, the rejection of the EU Constitutional Treaty eventually leading to the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, the debates concerning the European Union's constitutional framework continue. This book builds on the discourse in European Union constitutionalism in order to offer a novel analysis of the EU's constitutional developments.

The book considers the constitutional trends of the process of EU integration before applying a transdisciplinary concept of complexity developed in the work of Edgar Morin to the EU. In doing this Giuseppe Martinico sets out a unique account of EU constitutionalism which argues that the EU legal order is a complex entity which shares some features with complex natural systems. The book then goes on to explore the methodological implications of such constitutional complexity for the study of EU law.

EU Law
1. The nature of the European Constitution
2. Constructivism, evolutionism and pluralism: Europe's constitutional grammar
3. The efficient secret" of the European Constitution
4. The consequences of constitutional complexity: a look at the sources of law
5. The consequences of constitutional complexity: a look at the role of the interpreters
6. Conclusion