The Paradox of the ‘European Polity’

Jo Shaw and Antje Wiener

in The State of the European Union

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297574
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598982 | DOI:
The Paradox of the ‘European Polity’

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This chapter examines the features of European integration, which suggest that the EU is both ‘near-state’ and antiethical to stateness. It highlights the paradox of the European policy, consisting of a parallel development of two dimensions: one institutional and the other theoretical. The debate over constitutionalism and constitutional change as an approach to the paradox of stateness is discussed. An empirical example of a process in which social norms become materialized into legal norms is presented.

Keywords: European Union; integration; paradox; stateness; norms; constitutionalism; constitutional change

Chapter.  10758 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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