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Governing Social InclusionEuropeanization through Policy Coordination$
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Kenneth A. Armstrong

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278374

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278374.001.0001

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From Lisbon to Lisbon—Europeanization through Constitutionalism

From Lisbon to Lisbon—Europeanization through Constitutionalism

(p.229) 7 From Lisbon to Lisbon—Europeanization through Constitutionalism
Governing Social Inclusion

Kenneth A. Armstrong

Oxford University Press

It was to the ‘constitutional’ process of the Constitutional and subsequent Lisbon Treaty that many observers looked for an articulation of the EU's social identity. This chapter argues that constitutionalism serves as a problematic vehicle for Europeanization as evidenced by the problematic ratification process in a number of Member States. In any event, different interpretations of constitutionalism — social democratic, postnational pluralism, polyarchic — place different emphases on the relative roles of the EU and Member States in the pursuit of social solidarity. However, it is suggested that the social objectives and values of the Lisbon Treaty together with the Charter of Fundamental Rights provide the basis for the development of a common ethos of solidarity which, nonetheless, looks to domestic institutions for their articulation. The OMC can serve as an appropriate tool to mediate between the EU and national levels.

Keywords:   constitutionalism, social democracy, postnational pluralism, social identity, solidarity, Charter of Fundamental Rights

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