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Europe's Functional Constitution: A Theory of Constitutionalism Beyond the State

Turkuler Isiksel


Constitutionalism has become a byword for legitimate government, but is it fated to lose its relevance as constitutional states entrust power to international institutions? This book evaluates the extent to which constitutionalism, as an empirical idea and normative ideal, can be adapted to institutions beyond the state by surveying the sophisticated legal and political system of the European Union (EU). Having originated in a series of agreements between states, the EU has acquired important constitutional features like judicial review, protections for individual rights, and a hierarchy of no ... More

Keywords: European integration, global governance, constitutionalism, supranationalism, citizenship, democracy, law, international institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198759072
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Turkuler Isiksel, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University