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The European Court's Political Power Across Time and Space

24 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2009 Last revised: 14 May 2016

Karen J. Alter

Northwestern University - Department of Political Science; University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law - iCourts Center of Excellence

Date Written: January 28, 2009

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

Alter, Karen J., The European Court's Political Power Across Time and Space (January 28, 2009). Revue Française de Science Politique, Vol. 59, 2009; Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 09-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1334328 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1334328

Karen J. Alter (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law - iCourts Center of Excellence ( email )

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Copenhagen, DK-1455
Denmark

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