Individualism: An Essay on the Authority of the European Union

Front Cover
OUP Oxford, Mar 20, 2008 - Law - 336 pages
0 Reviews
This innovative study examines the authority constituting the European Union. It claims that the type of power constituting a transnational regime transcends traditional forms of constitutional legality. It argues that the European constitutional project is out of step with the normative make-up of such a regime. It is to be feared, indeed, that the adoption of a Constitution for Europe would create a smokescreen obscuring a new and disturbing reality. Drawing on the ancient tradition of linking different types of political power with the composition of the citizen's soul, the book explains that a transnational regime is based on an understanding of citizenship that is different from that underlying a constitutional democracy. Citizens are deemed to be essentially separate from one another. They abandon the larger society to itself and pursue their good in the private sphere. In place of trust and reliance in their own power to bring about change through common action, they hope to benefit from entrusting "problem-solving" to international networks of expertise. Essentially, citizens of this kind exhibit a strong commitment to individualism. The book shows how individualism is reflected in the regulatory authority that the Union claims for itself, in particular as regards the regulation of the internal market.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Power and Its Subjects
17
Social Visions and the Normative Basis of Risks
33
The Malodorous Vice
46
Copyright

11 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)


Alexander Somek holds the Charles E. Floete Chair in Law, University of Iowa, he is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin.

Bibliographic information