Joseph H.H. Weiler's Approach to the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union. Is There a Message for Neo-Calvinists?

Journal of Markets and Morality, Volume 17, Number 1 (Spring 2014) 125-141.

17 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2014 Last revised: 1 Feb 2021

Abstract

The classic question posed by Tocqueville about the relationship between values and democracy is coming to the fore again. The main argument of this article is that, while the social doctrine of the Catholic Church has a clear answer to this question, Neo-Calvinism does not or at least does to a lesser extent. To illustrate this point, the article focuses on a recent application of Catholic social teaching: the approach to the democratic legitimacy of the European Union (EU) as developed by Joseph H. H. Weiler. Because of historic and other parallels between Catholic and Neo-Calvinist thinking on democracy, however, the latter could perhaps draw inspiration from the middle path that the social doctrine of the Catholic Church represents between a confessional state and the liberal, neutralistic concept of the state.

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ten Napel, Hans-Martien, Joseph H.H. Weiler's Approach to the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union. Is There a Message for Neo-Calvinists?. Journal of Markets and Morality, Volume 17, Number 1 (Spring 2014) 125-141., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2473566

Hans-Martien Ten Napel (Contact Author)

Leiden Law School ( email )

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