Solidarity—A New Constitutional Paradigm for the EU?

Malcolm Ross

in Promoting Solidarity in the European Union

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583188
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594502 | DOI:
Solidarity—A New Constitutional Paradigm for the EU?

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This chapter's aim is to embrace and harness a number of interdisciplinary insights to model the creation, expression, and sustainability of solidarity as a virtuous circle. This model is then used to explain solidarity's pervasiveness and constitutional significance in EU law by reference to both existing usages (primarily developed in the case law of the Court of Justice) and the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty 2007. It is argued that solidarity possesses considerable potential as a transformative concept in developing a commitment to social justice as part of a revitalised and cosmopolitan EU. As a concept, it holds significant power alongside, in relation to or in competition with, other key discourses currently being adopted to analyze the evolving structures and character of the EU. Manifestations of the notion are already embedded in the acquis of EU law and, moreover, the Lisbon Treaty confirms the centrality of solidarity in the EU's future constitutional arrangements.

Keywords: solidarity; EU law; social justice; Lisbon Treaty 2007; Court of Justice

Chapter.  10923 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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