Eurolegalism and Democracy

17 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2012

Date Written: March 2012


European integration is encouraging the judicialization of politics and the spread of a distinctive, juridified mode of governance we can refer to as ‘Eurolegalism’. The central argument of this article is that judicialization and the rise of Eurolegalism are not undermining democracy in Europe, as some critics would suggest, but are changing its character. These trends will change the types of policies that European democracies can effectively pursue and the processes through which they can pursue them.

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Kelemen, R. Daniel, Eurolegalism and Democracy (March 2012). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 50, pp. 55-71, 2012, Available at SSRN: or

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