Europe in Crisis - On ‘Political Messianism’, ‘Legitimacy’ and the ‘Rule of Law’

21 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2013

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J. H. H. Weiler

New York University School of Law

Date Written: December 31, 2012

Abstract

‘Legitimacy’ is a notoriously elusive term, over-used and under-specified. So the first thing I will do is to explain the sense in which I plan to use ‘legitimacy’ in this essay. Do not, please, argue with me and say: “That is not ‘legitimacy’! It means something else!” This is how I plan to use it, and I hope to convince you that it is a useful way for articulating something terribly important about the present crisis and the current state of European integration.

Suggested Citation

Weiler, Joseph H. H., Europe in Crisis - On ‘Political Messianism’, ‘Legitimacy’ and the ‘Rule of Law’ (December 31, 2012). Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, p. 248, December 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2255263 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2255263

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