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Constitutional Pluralism in the EU

Klemen Jaklic


According to constitutional monism that has dominated our political and legal thought for centuries, all law and political power of a given territory derive in some ultimate sense from a single and ultimately hierarchical source of constitutional authority, such as that territory’s sovereign people and their constitution. Over the last twenty years some leading European constitutionalists have however begun to argue that the new Europe transcends the monist paradigm and opens doors to a whole new constitutional vision. According to constitutional pluralism, the nation-state constitutions (thei ... More

Keywords: monism, constitutional pluralism, constitutional heterarchy, constitutional overlap, constitutional authority, constitutionalism, democracy, democracy beyond the state, Europe, EU, Member States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198703228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Klemen Jaklic, author
Lecturer in Law, Harvard University