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Polity and Crisis: Reflections on the European Odyssey

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Edited by: Massimo Fichera, Sakari Hanninen, Kaarlo Tuori

ISBN13: 9781472412911
Published: October 2014
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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European integration is an open-ended, ongoing process which has been deeply challenged by integral world capitalism. This study explores the present EU foundational dilemma, looking at the problematic relationship between the ideal model of integration and the reality of the 21st century. Including contributions from leading theorists, this volume explores the ways and extent to which the present European crisis could create a politico-legal space for new possibilities and opportunities for action.

The authors discuss the current role of the EU, and whether it aspires to be a democratic polity or a functional organization based on inter-governmental bargaining. The chapters question whether the future of European integration after the crisis will be paved by decisions which conflict with its Treaty basis, and how it might come up with alternatives which would do more than echo the compulsions of the global market. Issues are analysed from a historical perspective to see what can be learnt from its past and to explore the options for the future.

With contributions from prominent international legal and political scholars, the book will be of interest to academics, students and policy-makers working in these areas.

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Contents:
Preface

Part I Constitutional Challenges of the Eurozone Crisis: The Eurozone crisis as a constitutional crisis, Kaarlo Tuori
The European crisis - paradoxes of constitutionalizing democractic capitalism, Hauke Brunkhorst
Crisis and renewal? Europe at the crossroads, Emilios Christodoulidis
Finding our way back to Europe?, Michelle Everson.

Part II Can European Democracy be Saved for Democracy?: Thomas Hobbes reading the EU as a polity, Sakari Hänninen
Reinventing European democracy. Democratization and the existential crisis of the EU, Ari Hirvonen
Which democracy for which demos?, R.B.J. Walker
Law, community and ultima ratio in transnational law, Massimo Fichera.

Part III Europe as a Post-National Polity?: Nordic democracy facing the EU. Traditions, myths and challenges, Pia Letto-Vanamo
Governance networks as a means to enhance European democracy, Eva SØrensen and Tore Vincents Olsen
Patterns of post-national Europe: the future of integration after the crisis of monetary union, Giandomenico Majone
Sovereignty, organinized hypocrisy, the paradox of post-9/11 international relations, Patricia Springborg.

Index.