Autonomy without Collapse in a Better European Union

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Publication Date 2022
ISBN 9780192897541
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The European Union's history exhibits numerous episodes in which Member States have sought to re-enforce their national autonomy in the face of deepening integration. Efforts to re-gain autonomy, however, are often accompanied by legitimate concerns that autonomy will lead to dis-integration or will have wider destructive consequences. The EU thus faces a dilemma. Calls for autonomy cannot all be dismissed as mere populist rhetoric or national egoism but instead represent a legitimate questioning of the degree of uniformity that EU law and politics presently carry. At the same time, the fear that greater autonomy may carry dis-integrative effects is also legitimate -uniformity is not an accidental by-product of the EU's construction but intrinsically related to its policy goals. Giving too much room for autonomy might create an opportunity structure for the loss of collective goods, deficits in problem-solving, and perhaps even to self-destruction.

The EU requires autonomy, but in doing so, it must also avoid collapse. Can it achieve it, and if so, how? Autonomy without Collapse is devoted to exploring innovative answers to this question. It draws together scholars in law and political science interested in exploring how to overcome the central dilemma of preserving sustainable yet real autonomy in the future European Union.

Table of Contents:

  • Part 1 | Theorising Autonomy and Collapse
    • Chapter 1. Autonomy without Collapse? Towards a Better European Union | Mark Dawson & Markus Jachtenfuchs
    • Chapter 2. The European Union as a Community of Super Wicked Problems and its Ambition-Authority Deficit | Damian Chalmers
  • Part 2 | Differentiated Integration
    • Chapter 3. Overcoming Crisis in the European Union: The Limits of Differentiated Integration | Frank Schimmelfennig
    • Chapter 4. The Law as Tool and Constraint of Differentiated Integration | Bruno de Witte
    • Chapter 5. Rather reduce than accommodate? Coping with Territorial Diversity in Multilevel Polities | Christian Freudlsperger
  • Part 3 | Revisiting the EU's Constitutional Foundations
    • Chapter 6. Governing by Judicial Fiat? Over-Constitutionalisation and its Constraints on EU Legislation | Susanne K. Schmidt
    • Chapter 7. Interpretative Pluralism and the Constitutionalisation of the EU Legal Order | Gareth Davies
    • Chapter 8. Forging Identity-Based Constructive Constitutional Conflict in the European Union | Ana Bobic
    • Chapter 9. Free Movement: A Case Study in State Autonomy and EU Control | Catherine Barnard & Sarah Fraser Butlin
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