Power and Legitimacy

Power and Legitimacy : Reconciling Europe and the Nation-State

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The implications of European integration for national democracy and constitutionalism are well known. Nevertheless, as the events of the last decade made clear, the EU's complex system of governance has been unable to achieve a democratic or constitutional legitimacy in its own right. In Power and Legitimacy: Reconciling Europe and the Nation-State, Peter L. Lindseth traces the roots of this paradox to integration's dependence on the postwar constitutional settlement of administrative governance on the national level. Supranational policymaking has relied on various forms of oversight from national constitutional bodies, following models that were first developed in the administrative state and then translated into the European context. These national oversight mechanisms (executive, legislative, and judicial) have over the last half-century developed to address the central disconnect in the integration process: between the need for supranational regulatory power, on the one hand, and the persistence of national constitutional legitimacy, on the other. In defining the ways European public law has sought to reconcile these two conflicting demands, Professor Lindseth lays the foundation for a better understanding of the "administrative, not constitutional" nature of European governance going forward.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 364 pages
  • 158 x 238 x 34mm | 662.24g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195390148
  • 9780195390148

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...this book is a major contribution to the history of European integration...a major accomplishment of historical literature, well written, original and though provoking. This is simply mandatory reading for any scholar of European integration history. * Morten Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen *show more

About Peter L. Lindseth

Peter L. Lindseth is the Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He has previously taught at Yale, Princeton, and Columbia, and has also held fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt), the European University Institute (Florence), and the French Council of State (Paris), among other institutions. Professor Lindseth holds a BA and JD from Cornell and a PhD in European history from Columbia.show more