The Nature of the Beast

Jürgen Neyer

in The Justification of Europe

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641246
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745591 | DOI:
The Nature of the Beast

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The third chapter starts implementing the methodology explained in chapter two. It argues that the supranational character of the EU should be understood as a structural component of its identity and that it will neither advance towards statehood nor retreat into mere internationalism. Supranationality is employed here as a fixed condition that defines the identity of the EU, just as the identity of the state is defined by its legitimate monopoly of coercion and the international system is defined by the condition of anarchy. The concept of supranationality advanced in this book builds on the distinction introduced by Weiler between the legal and the political dimensions of a polity. It reconstructs its institutional and legal order as a dualism of a hierarchical normative order and a non-hierarchical coercive order.

Keywords: supranationality; dualism; Weiler; structures of EU; identity

Chapter.  9857 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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