Re-embedding economic and social constitutionalism: Normative Perspectives for the E

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This chapter proposes a social re-embedding of European constitutionalism by offering a coherent interpretation of EU constitutional principles as contained in the initial articles of the Treaties and the EU’s economic and social constitution as developed by the Court of Justice. It starts from the assumption that European integration is not merely an inter-state endeavour, but also a process that affects social and economic actors, in other words societies all over Europe. It may well ultimately engender a European society – if we are prepared to conceive of a poly-centric society, consisting of diverse components from a wide range of regions, social actors and cultures. Proceeding from the assumption that constitutionalism can be a relevant notion for such a holistic approach to European integration, the chapter develops elements of European constitutionalism relating to socio-economic reality. As national constitutional law, European constitutional law is presented as necessarily incomplete. European constitutionalism will thus have to offer modes of adapting open norms to an ever changing and developing societal reality. The chapter outlines a framework for such constitutionalism which, at the same time, offers opportunities for reconciling the social and economic dimensions in the European integration project through a re-configured notion of constitutionalism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Economic and Social Constitutionalism after the Treaty of Lisbon
EditorsDagmar Schiek, Ulrike Liebert, Hildegard Schneider
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-107-00681-2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • European Studies
  • Economic Constitution
  • Social Constitution
  • Treaty of Lisbon
  • Constitutionalism

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