Europe: Political, Not Cosmopolitan

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Alexander Somek

University of Iowa - College of Law

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Date Written: May 7, 2013


What makes political self-determination distinctive? The answer given in this article is that it ultimately rests on seeing complete human lives as having their place, at least potentially, within a particular form of life. This focus represents the defensible core of nationality. It is argued that at its current stage the European Union has already come to embrace political self-determination in negative form. It may be crucial for the Union to overcome this negativity by affirming a cluster of forms of life that the Member States have already brought to the table. Contrary to what a contribution bearing this title might suggest in light of momentous current events, its point is not to explore whether the recently adopted financial rescue package reflects a degree of cohesion among Member States that would pave the way towards nationhood. Nevertheless, it will undertake to explain briefly the significance of the arrangements in terms of political self-determination.

Keywords: European Union, supranationality, nation state, collective self-determination, political self-determination, cosmopolitanism, constitutionalization, constitutionalism, regulatory competition, regulatory disarmament, European monetary union, administrative rationality

Suggested Citation

Somek, Alexander, Europe: Political, Not Cosmopolitan (May 7, 2013). U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-20, Available at SSRN: or

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