Economic and Social Integration: The Challenge for EU Constitutional Law

Economic and Social Integration: The Challenge for EU Constitutional Law


By (author) Dagmar Schiek


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  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 25mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 12 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cheltenham
  • ISBN 10: 1848445423
  • ISBN 13: 9781848445420
  • Sales rank: 1,126,342

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This well-researched book analyses the positioning of EU constitutional law towards economic and social integration by contrasting liberal and socially embedded constitutionalism. The book draws on a unique content and discourse analysis of all Grand Chamber decisions on substantive EU law since May 2004. It finds the EU's 'judicial constitution' to be more nuanced and more uniform than expected. While the Court of Justice enforces the constitution of integration, it favours economic freedoms under mainly liberal paradigms, but socially embeds constitutionalism in citizenship cases. The 'judicial constitution' contrasts with EU Treaties after the Treaty of Lisbon in that their new value base enhances European social integration. However, the Treaties too seem contradictory in that they do not expand the EU's competence regime accordingly. In the light of these contradictions, Dagmar Schiek proposes a 'constitution of social governance': the Court and EU institutions should encourage steps towards social integration at EU level to be taken by transnational societal actors, rather than condemn their relevant activity. Economic and Social Integration will appeal to academics and postgraduate students in EU law, EU politics, European sociology, international relations, international law, labour law, and welfare state theory. Undergraduate students in labour law, policy advisors on EU social policy and welfare state, government departments and EU Commission departments will also find much to interest them in this book.

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'Is there a "European social space"? What is the place of "social integration" alongside "economic integration" in the EU? Has a "socially embedded constitutionalism" been developed in parallel with the internal market case law of the CJEU? Dagmar Schiek in her comprehensive and interdisciplinary study gives refreshing new answers under the recent Lisbon Treaty.' - Norbert Reich, Universitat Bremen, Germany 'At a time of crisis and therefore a crucial juncture in European politics, Dagmar Schiek offers us an inspiring vision of the potential of the European Union. In her brilliant study, she exposes the obstacles that economic integration has posed for achievement of social justice, and provides a bold solution. Rejecting more limited models of constitutionalism, she presents a convincing alternative which is socially embedded, allowing space for action by manifold actors at multiple levels of governance.' - Tonia Novitz, University of Bristol, UK

Table of contents

Contents: Introduction 1. Economic and Social Integration 2. EU Constitutional Law 3. The Trajectory of EU Constitutional Law 4. The EU's Judicial Constitution after Enlargement 5. Economic and Social Integration Under the EU's Normative Constitution Bibliography Index