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We the Court

The European Court of Justice and the European Economic Constitution

By: Luis Miguel Poiares Pessoa Maduro
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Published: 01-02-1998
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 208
ISBN: 9781847310866
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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About We the Court

The need to balance power between the Member States and the Union and between public power and the market has created powerful constitutional dilemmas for the European Union. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach and drawing upon the jurisprudence developed around Article 30, this new book offers both a descriptive and a normative analysis of the European Economic Constitution and discusses the role of the European Court of Justice in its development and in the review of State and Community legislation. The book is particularly relevant in view of the present debates on the European Constitution and the reform of the regulatory State.

Table Of Contents

1. The Creation

2. The Classical Readings of Article 30 and the European Economic Constitution

3. The Judicial Model of the European Economic Constitution and Article 30: Majoritarian Activism

4. The Alternative Models of the European Economic Constitution

5. Article 30 and the European Economic Constitution: Reforming the Market or the State?


“The central free movement of goods provision has not only provoked more litigation than any other E.C. Treaty provision but also, with one or two exceptions, more sterile academic comment. Yet, it is only by grubbing around in the dirt that one finds gems, and Dr Poiares's book is a real diamond. Based upon his doctorate, it provides the most elaborately argued and most extensively researched thesis on Article 30; sweeping in its panorama; unique in its integration of perspectives of institutional efficacy and political economy into the normative debate, and intelligent in its execution. It will be a must read; for students and specialists alike for many years to come.” –  Damian Chalmers, Law Quarterly Review

“… the reviewed book represents an extremely interesting piece of work which may be regarded as pioneering, especially in the field of law concerned with the free movement rules within the European Union, but perhaps also more generally in the field concerned with the constitutional dimensions of this legal orderthe author, in a well written and engaging style, brings us behind the text of article 30 EC and the relevant case law to an understanding of the real and difficult issues involved. This book will be influential in this field of law and may therefore be highly recommended.” –  Ulla B. Neergaard, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law

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