The Juridical Coup D’État and the Problem of Authority

The German Law Journal, Vol. 8, pp. 915-28, 2007

14 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2010 Last revised: 16 Apr 2010

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Alec Stone Sweet

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 12, 2010

Abstract

The paper focuses on authority problems created by what I call the "juridical coup d’état." After defining the concept, I discuss some of the theoretical problems that would necessarily be posed if an instance of a juridical coup d’état could, in fact, be identified. I then describe three such instances, summarize the main systemic consequences for each case (Germany, France, the EU), and provide illustrations of the authority problems produced. I conclude by addressing theoretical issues in light of the empirics.

Suggested Citation

Stone Sweet, Alec, The Juridical Coup D’État and the Problem of Authority (March 12, 2010). The German Law Journal, Vol. 8, pp. 915-28, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1569360

Alec Stone Sweet (Contact Author)

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