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Constitutional Change in the EU

From Uniformity to Flexibility

Editor(s): Gráinne de Búrca, Joanne Scott
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Published: 01-04-2000
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 288
ISBN: 9781847312235
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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About Constitutional Change in the EU

This collection of essays addresses the changing constitutional framework of the EU and some of the changing patterns of governance within this complex polity. It examines the apparent and gradual shift in the paradigm of European governance from one emphasising uniformity and harmonisation to one which embraces flexibility and differentiation. The chapters range from broad,theoretical reflections on the constitutional implications of flexibility for the European polity, to focused case studies which examine various forms of 'variable geometry' existing in specific policy areas. Some of the contributions challenge the extent to which there has actually been any significant change of paradigm, and others explore the many different meanings and instances of flexibility which have emerged. Overall, the collection brings into focus both the problems and the potential ways forward for Europe which these constitutional developments suggest.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
Gráinne de Búrca and Joanne Scott

2. Flexibility within a Metaconstitutional Frame: Reflections on the Future of Legal Authority in Europe
Neil Walker

3. “Old Flexibility”: International Agreements Between Member States of the EU
Bruno de Witte

4. Flexible Models: External Policy and the European Economic Constitution
Marise Cremona

5. Closer Co-operation and the Court of Justice
Carole Lyons

6. Flexibility in the Geographical Scope of EU Law
Jacques Ziller

7. Differentiation Within the “Core”? The Case of the Internal Market
Gráinne de Búrca

8. EMU and the Catch-22 of EU Constitution-making
Filip Tuytschaever

9. Flexibility and Social Policy
Catherine Barnard

10. Flexibility and European law: A Labour Lawyer's View
Miguel Rodriguez-Piñeiro Royo

11. Finding Space for Closer Co-operation in the Field of Culture
Stephen Weatherill

12. Flexibility, “Proceduralization”, and Environmental Governance in the EU
Joanne Scott

13. Flexibility and Co-operative Law
Karl-Heinz Ladeur

14. Flexibility and Models of Governance for the EU
Eric Philippart and Monika Sie Dhian Ho

15. Constitutionalism and Flexibility in the EU: Developing a Relational approach
Jo Shaw


“...a valuable instrument for a broader analysis of the evolving dynamics of EU governance.” –  Christophe Hillion, Cambridge Law Journal

“An invaluable and authoritative source for those with an interest in the parameters of unemployment in Europe.” –  Frank Vibert, European Policy Forum, Political Studies

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