|Author (Person)||Patberg, Markus|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Series Title||Journal of European Integration|
|Series Details||Volume 40, Number 7, Pages 923-937|
|Publication Date||November 2018|
|ISSN||0703-6337 (print) | 1477-2280 (online)|
|Content Type||Journal Article|
Political theory develops its normative positions on EU legitimacy with a view to what seems possible and acceptable under given political, social, and cultural conditions. Thus, the Brexit vote should give it a pause. In this article, I discuss if and to what extent we can hold on to the claim that the EU is based on a pouvoir constituant mixte. In particular, I examine three problems that the UK’s decision to leave the EU gives rise to.
First, I address the analytical challenge of whether ‘split’ popular sovereignty is refuted as a rational reconstruction of the EU. Second, I turn to the normative-theoretical challenge of whether it is a category mistake to refer to (dual) constituent power in the context of the EU. Third, I deal with the political challenge of whether pouvoir constituant mixte is prone to confuse citizens and to scare them off with excessive ‘EUphoria’.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Brexit, Democracy|
|Keywords||Brexit [After the Referendum]
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|