On Supranationality

European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 5, No. 3, April 19, 2001

16 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2002

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Alexander Somek

University of Iowa - College of Law


European integration faces a quandary. Even though the European Union is on the eve of an unprecedented expansion, politicians and scholars claim that it lacks a coherent direction, and they speculate about what the finalite politique of European integration might look like. In this article it is argued that a debate devoted to ends needs to take heed of what has been introduced in the course of the integration process, namely, supranationality as a new mode of political organisation. After a brief discussion of two prominent conceptions of supranationality, the author contends that the most promising reading of supranationality lies in conceiving of it from the perspective of anti-discrimination.

Keywords: European integration, constitution building, democracy, integration theory, Nation-state, non-majoritarian institutions, social policy, supranationalism, law

Suggested Citation

Somek, Alexander, On Supranationality. European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 5, No. 3, April 19, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=302776 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.302776

Alexander Somek (Contact Author)

University of Iowa - College of Law ( email )

Melrose and Byington
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

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