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Constitutional balance in the EU after the Euro-crisis

Dawson, Mark and de Witte, Floris ORCID: 0000-0001-8068-7110 (2013) Constitutional balance in the EU after the Euro-crisis. Modern Law Review, 76 (5). pp. 817-844. ISSN 0026-7961

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1468-2230.12037


This article analyses how the European Union's response to the euro-crisis has altered the constitutional balance upon which its stability is based. It argues that the stability and legitimacy of any political system requires the structural incorporation of individual and political self-determination. In the context of the EU, this requirement is met through the idea of constitutional balance, with ‘substantive’, ‘institutional’ and ‘spatial’ dimensions. Analysing reforms to EU law and institutional structure in the wake of the crisis – such as the establishment of the ESM, the growing influence of the European Council and the creation of a stand-alone Fiscal Compact – it is argued that recent reforms are likely to have a lasting impact on the ability of the EU to mediate conflicting interests in all three areas. By undermining its constitutional balance, the response to the crisis is likely to dampen the long-term stability and legitimacy of the EU project.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors. The Modern Law Review © 2013 The Modern Law Review Limited
Divisions: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JZ International relations
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2013 14:34
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 00:10

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