Towards a Stable Federal Finalité with Federal Features? The Balancing Acts of the Constitutional Treaty for Europe
Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 12, No. 3, 572-589, 2005
18 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2011
Date Written: September 28, 2006
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 regards. 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 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 both one’s own member state and toward the union as a whole among the citizenry and officials.
Keywords: Federalism, Legitimacy, Political parties, Democracy, Socialisation, Constitutional Treaty, Political theory
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