Chapter

Conclusion

Jürgen Neyer

in The Justification of Europe

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641246
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641246.003.0010
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The final chapter summarizes the argument and formulates a cautiously optimistic view of the future of justified politics in the EU and beyond. The optimistic half of the argument is that supranational structures provide, indeed probably for the first time in history, a realistic chance of justified politics outside of the structures of the democratic nation-state. This is not mere wishful thinking; it is well founded theoretically and can be observed in the empirical reality of supranational structures as they exist today. Supranational law is at work in the decision-making procedures of the EU, directing political discourses into a framework in which justification is required and facilitated. This framework represents an important accomplishment, for it is a basis upon which a future extension of the practical scope of the right to justification can be established. The chapter also reflects on the limitations of normative realism and formulates a vision of global politics that is built on the right to justification.

Keywords: normative realism; normative idealism; global justified order

Chapter.  3974 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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