The Cosmopolitan Local: Neil MacCormick’s Post-Sovereign World

THE POST-SOVEREIGN CONSTELLATION, J.E. Fossum and A. Menendez, eds., Springer, Forthcoming

University of Edinburgh School of Law Working Paper No. 2010/34

Europa Paper Series No. 2010/3

20 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2010 Last revised: 3 Jun 2013

Neil Walker

University of Edinburgh, School of Law

Date Written: November 7, 2010

Abstract

This paper examines the unresolved questions in Neil MacCormick's theory of post- sovereignty (in the context of the EU and more widely) in the light of his broader efforts to reconcile different strains in his intellectual and political world-view—universalism and particularism, cosmopolitanism and localism, internationalism and nationalism. It concludes that on that broader and deeper basis he might well have been drawn to a very thin form of universalism—namely a kind of inter-systemic framework of exchange involving mutually autonomous universalisation requirements.

Keywords: universalism, particularism, post-sovereignty, European Union, cosmopolitanism, legal system

Suggested Citation

Walker, Neil, The Cosmopolitan Local: Neil MacCormick’s Post-Sovereign World (November 7, 2010). THE POST-SOVEREIGN CONSTELLATION, J.E. Fossum and A. Menendez, eds., Springer, Forthcoming; University of Edinburgh School of Law Working Paper No. 2010/34 ; Europa Paper Series No. 2010/3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1704409

Neil Walker (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh, School of Law ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

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