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The Coherence of EU LawThe Search for Unity in Divergent Concepts$
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Sacha Prechal and Bert van Roermund

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232468

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232468.001.0001

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Discretion, Divergence, and Unity

Discretion, Divergence, and Unity

(p.217) 9 Discretion, Divergence, and Unity
The Coherence of EU Law

Michiel Brand

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines some of the main points and characteristics associated with discretion. In particular, it attempts to lay bare the relations of discretion with conceptual divergence and, ultimately, how this may relate to the attainment or stimulation of unity within a legal system. It argues that discretion is a concept that relates strongly to divergence, subsidiarity, and decentralization. It could therefore be held that the granting of discretion from above by the ECJ often involves the sustenance as well as the creation of divergence, in many cases for the sake of upholding the unity of the EU system.

Keywords:   conceptual divergence, EU law, European law, public policy, public order, unity, discretion, subsidiarity, decentralization

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