EU Federalism and Constitutionalism

EU Federalism and Constitutionalism : The Legacy of Altiero Spinelli

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EU Federalism and Constitutionalism: The Legacy of Altiero Spinelli is the first book-length study devoted not only to how Spinelli's advocacy for a federal Europe shaped European integration but also how Spinelli's ideas are essential to understanding the EU constitutional system today. The volume integrates perspectives from law, history, and political science to offer a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the history, evolution, and future of federal principles and institutions in the European integration more

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  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739133349
  • 9780739133347
  • 2,129,390

About Dr. Andrew Glencross

Andrew Glencross is in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. Alexander H. Trechsel is professor of political science and the first full-time holder of the Swiss chair in Federalism and Democracy at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, more

Review quote

Federalism has been a regular benchmark throughout the history of European integration: a goal for some, a threat for others. This timely volume, written by renowned experts, offers a first assessment of its influence on the institutional development of the EU. Definitely worth reading to understand how Europe might be moving ahead in the future. -- Renaud Dehousse, director of European Studies at the Paris Institute of Political Science Consisting of a series of thought-provoking analyses by distinguished scholars, this volume situates Spinelli's thought and actions within both a comparative and contemporary framework. The complex tensions which inform the relationship between federalism, constitutionalism, and functionalism in the European Union are crisply delineated such that both scholars and practitioners will profit from viewing Spinelli's legacy anew. -- Alberta Sbragia, director of the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburghshow more

Table of contents

Foreword Acknowledgments List of Tables Introduction Part One: The Constitutional Dimension 1. The "Spinelli Treaty" of February 1984: The Start of the Process of Constitutionalizing the European Union 2. Taking "Constitutionalism" and "Legitimacy" Seriously Part Two: The Comparative Dimension 3. Revisiting Altiero Spinelli: Why to Look at the European Union through the American Experience 4. Altiero Spinelli and Idea of the US Constitution as a Model for Europe Part Three: Political Actors and the Institutional Dimension 5. The Question of Treaty Architecture: From the "Spinelli Draft" to the Lisbon Treaty 6. Francois Mitterrand and the "Spinelli Treaty" of 1984: Support or Instrumentalization? Conclusion: Altiero Spinelli and the Future of the European Union Notes on Contributorsshow more