Towards a Stable Finalité with Federal Features? The Balancing Acts of the Constitutional Treaty for Europe

Journal of European Public Policy- Special Issue: Towards a Federal Europe, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 572-589, 2005

19 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2010

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

The Constitutional Treaty for Europe (CTE) strengthens federal features of the future European political order, and makes the federal tradition of political thought more salient. Stable and legitimate federal political orders require multiple forms of balancing, and many of the changes in the CTE are improvements on the Nice Treaty in these aspects. The CTE goes some way toward creating a European political order with federal features more likely to both merit and facilitate trust and trustworthiness among Europeans. Central features are the increased role of human rights, national parliaments, the European Parliament, and political parties, all operating under greater transparency. The gains in trust and trustworthiness may be worth some apparent efficiency losses in promotion of ‘the European interest.’ Such trust is crucial if the institutions are to foster willing support and ‘dual loyalty’ toward the individual’s member

Keywords: Constitutional Treaty, human rights, democracy, federalism, legitimacy, political parties, political theory, socialization

Suggested Citation

Follesdal, Andreas, Towards a Stable Finalité with Federal Features? The Balancing Acts of the Constitutional Treaty for Europe (2005). Journal of European Public Policy- Special Issue: Towards a Federal Europe, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 572-589, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1682114

Andreas Follesdal (Contact Author)

Pluricourts ( email )

P.O. Box 6706
St. Olavs plass 5
0130 Oslo
Norway

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