The Idea of European Public Law Today - Introducing the Max Planck Handbooks on Public Law in Europe
34 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2017
Date Written: March 15, 2017
The contribution introduces the objectives and methods of a new series on public law in Europe within the wider field of comparative law and European legal studies. The series joins efforts to address the structural transformation of public law and authority in Europe. It stands in the context of the crises of the last years, be it the financial crisis, the debt crisis, the refugee crisis, systemic deficiencies, or, finally, the fading confidence in democratic self-government. Europe has lost much of its promise, creating a certain impression of ‘messiness.’ Comparative public law might help to better understand what has been achieved, and to better identify and face problems.
Keywords: European law, European public law, European comparative law, methods of public law comparison, European legal space, European research space, identity of public law scholars
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