The European Court's Political Power Across Time and Space
Karen J. Alter
Northwestern University - Department of Political Science; University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law - iCourts Center of Excellence
January 28, 2009
Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 09-03
This article extracts from Alter's larger body of work insights on how the political and social context shapes the ECJ's political power and influence. Part I considers how the political context facilitated the constitutionalization of the European legal system. Part II considers how the political context helps determine where and when the current ECJ influences European politics. Part III draws lessons from the ECJ's experience, speculating on how the European context in specific allowed the ECJ to become such an exceptional international court. Part IV lays out a research agenda to investigate the larger question of how social support shapes the role of judges in politics.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: International Courts, International Tribunals, European Court of Justice European Union, European Community, Regional Trade, Regional Integration, International Relations, Administrative State, Judicial Politics, Preliminary References
JEL Classification: K33
Date posted: January 29, 2009 ; Last revised: February 4, 2009
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