Pluralism and Integrity

25 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2010

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One of the theoretical developments associated with the law of the European Union has been the flourishing of legal and constitutional theories that extol the virtues of pluralism. Pluralism in constitutional theory is offered in particular as a novel argument for the denial of unity within a framework of constitutional government. This paper argues that pluralism fails to respect the value of integrity. It also shows that at least one pluralist theory seeks to overcome the incoherence of pluralism by implicitly endorsing monism. The integrity and coherence of European law is best preserved by considering that both the national legal order and the international or European legal orders adopt sophisticated views of their own limits.

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Eleftheriadis, Pavlos, Pluralism and Integrity. Ratio Juris, Vol. 23, Issue 3, pp. 365-389, September 2010. Available at SSRN: or

Pavlos Eleftheriadis (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 3UJ
United Kingdom

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