The Constitutionalisation of the EU, the Europeanisation of National Constitutions, and Constitutionalism Compared
Work package 2
The purpose of studying the constitutionalisation of the EU is to obtain vital information on the prospects for supranational democracy in Europe. WP 2 analyses the impact of the dual processes of EU constitutionalisation and Europeanisation of national constitutions on the reconstitution of democracy in Europe. Which conception of democracy do these constitutional processes speak to – a national, European, or cosmopolitan reconstruction of democracy? Will they undermine or consolidate national democracy? How well do the processes and the results reflect democratic requirements?
WP 2 also derives lessons from the likely defunct Laeken constitutional experience and sees this in light of relevant non-European cases of contemporary democratic constitution making. Further, through analysing constitutional adaptations at the national level we gain valuable insights into the factors that increase the democratic legitimacy of the supranational and the national levels of government, and policy implications are derived from these.
More details on the research objectives of WP 2.
This research group organises a number of workshops and
conferences, as well as panels at international conferences. Complete
list of WP 2 events.
RECON participants WP 2
ARENA, University of Oslo
John Erik Fossum (coordinator)
Center of Political and Constitutional Studies, Madrid (until August 2008)
Carlos Closa, Julio Baquero Cruz, Antonio Barroso Villaescusa
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid (from August 2008)
Carlos Closa, Patricio Galella, Pablo José Castillo Ortiz, Cristina Daniela Vintila
European University Institute, Florence
Christian Joerges, Neil Walker
Riga Graduate School of Law (until December 2009)
Kristine Kruma, Tatjana Evas
University of Bremen
University of León
Flavia Carbonell, Fernando Losada Fraga, Agustín José Menéndez
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Ben Crum (coordinator), Eric Miklin