Re-embedding economic and social constitutionalism: Normative perspectives for the EU

Dagmar Schiek*

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Introduction Tensions between the economic and the social dimensions of European integration are being perceived as increasing, and so is the potential for conflict between national and European levels of policy-making. Both are well illustrated by a highly controversial line of Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) cases on industrial relations: Viking and Laval have become symbols for the continuing dominance of the economic over the social dimension of European integration and for an increasing tendency of the EU to diminish national autonomy. As one consequence, demands to protect Member States’ social policy choices from EU law pressures arise. For such demands to be tenable, isolation of national and EU policy-making and of economic and social dimensions of European integration would have to be possible. This is arguably not the case. Economic and social dimensions of integration will thus have to be reconciled across EU and national levels, if the EU and its Member States are to maintain the ability of enhancing social justice against the pulls of economic globalisation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Economic and Social Constitutionalism after the Treaty of Lisbon
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary Perspectives
EditorsDagmar Schiek, Ulrike Liebert, Hildegard Schneider
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9780511835193, 9781107006812
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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