Journal Article

Why Europeans will not embrace constitutional patriotism

Mattias Kumm

in International Journal of Constitutional Law

Published on behalf of The New York University School of Law

Volume 6, issue 1, pages 117-136
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1474-2640
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1474-2659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icon/mom034
Why Europeans will not embrace constitutional patriotism

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Europeans will not become constitutional patriots any time soon. The first part of the article argues that this is not because of anything inherently implausible about the idea, either generally, or when applied to the European Union. But the actual institutional features of European politics make it improbable that Europeans will develop allegiances to the European Union grounded in shared constitutional ideals. Without meaningful electoral politics at the heart of the European political process, the citizenry's attitude toward European institutions will continue to oscillate between disinterest, fickle support, and resentment.

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law ; UK Politics

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