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The Constitutional Theory of the Federation and the European Union

Signe Rehling Larsen


What type of political association is the European Union? From the start of the European integration process, this question has puzzled scholars. Many different answers have been offered, but in the absence of an agreed response, most scholars implicitly avoid the issue by suggesting that the European Union is sui generis. This book challenges the sui generis thesis by demonstrating that the European Union is not a unique form of association, but rather a federal union of states, or what this book calls a federation. This is a discrete form of political association on a par with, though differ ... More

Keywords: federal union, federal authority, interstate federation, federal constitution, EU authority, EU constitution, constitutional tolerance, constitutional pluralism, constitutional crisis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198859260
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198859260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Signe Rehling Larsen, author
Fellow by Examination, Magdalen College, University of Oxford