Constitutional Pluralism and the Politics of the European Common Good
18 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2010
Date Written: September 15, 2010
The question of the European common good (or public interest) is rarely posed. This is due, probably, to the hybrid nature of the EU. Its multilayered institutional nature makes the problem of how to track European public interests much more challenging, at least when compared to the national level. Constitutional pluralism seems to be one of the most inspiring theories of European constitutionalism. It can account for the stratified institutional framework of the Union. Therefore, it is a natural candidate for explaining how to track the European public interest. Pluralism may serve as the best methodology for keeping into account and respecting the multiple perspectives on the common good represented by every institutional layer of the Union. After having examined the theories of two of the most influential authors of constitutional pluralism, this essay tries to show how pluralism might improve its highly potential explanatory and normative force, that is, by including in the institutional picture not only courts, but also political institutions. In this way, every European and national voice might have a fair say in the interactions between institutions.
Keywords: Constitutional Pluralism, Common Good, European Union
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