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An Ever More Powerful Court?: The Political Constraints of Legal Integration in the European Union

Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen


Scholars generally agree that courts are powerful authorities in settling disputes between parties, but the broader political impact of such resolution is disputed. Are courts powerful generators of political change? This book examines the ability of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to foster political change for a European Union (EU) social policy, including healthcare. The conventional assumption is that a strong causal link exists between legal and political integration in the EU, in which Court rulings progress and shape European integration. The book challenges this view ... More

Keywords: Court of Justice, CJEU, ECJ, judicialization, legislative politics, inter-institutional dynamics, political actors, EU social policies, EU healthcare policies, law politics interaction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753391
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen, author
Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen