9781107326323 (ebook) 9781107042360 (hardback)
Cambridge studies in European law and policy.
Since the 1960s, the nature and the future of the European Union have been defined in legal terms. Yet, we are still in need of an explanation as to how this entanglement between law and EU polity-building emerged and how it was maintained over time. While most of the literature offers a disembodied account of European legal integration, Brokering Europe reveals the multifaceted roles Euro-lawyers have played in EU polity, notably beyond the litigation arena. In particular, the book points at select transnational groups of multipositioned legal entrepreneurs which have been in a situation to elevate the role of law in all sorts of EU venues. In doing so, it draws from a new set of intellectual resources (field theory) and empirical strategies only very recently mobilized for the study of the EU. Grounded on an extensive historical investigation, Brokering Europe provides a revised narrative of the 'constitutionalization of Europe'.
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Formatted Contents Note
Part I. Unity through Law: Inventing Europe's "Integration Programme": 1. Three treaties, one community : institution-building and legal strategies to unify Europe; 2. The force of a weak field : the transnational field of European law and the formation of Europe's polity; 3. The 'Van Gend en Loos' moment' Part II. Jurisprudence, Code, Constitution: Europe's Building Blocks in the Making: 4. 'Jurisprudence' : transnational esprit de corps and the Court's perpetual momentum; 5. 'Code' : the formation of the acquis communautaire and the legal objectification in Europe; 6. 'Constitution' : the fragmentation of the treaties and Europe's constitutional fetishism Conclusion : constitutio non moritur!