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Individualism: An Essay on the Authority of the European Union

Alexander Somek


This new and innovative study explains that a transnational regime is based on a conception of citizenship that is different from the conception underlying a constitutional democracy. Citizens are deemed to be essentially separate from one another. They abandon larger society to itself and pursue their good in the private sphere. In lieu of trust and reliance in their own power to bring about change through common action, they hope to benefit from entrusting ‘problem-solving’ to international networks of expertise. Put bluntly, citizens of this kind exhibit a strong commitment to individualism ... More

Keywords: European integration, European constitutional law, competence allocation, law and morality, transnational constitutional law, constituent power, individualism, European citizenship, liberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199542086
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Somek, author
Charles E. Floete Chair in Law, University of Iowa College of Law
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