New book: Law, Democracy and Solidarity in a Post-national Union

To many, the rejections of the Constitutional Treaty by Dutch andFrench voters in 2005 came as a shock. However, given the many tensions and the many unresolved issues it was quite unsurprising. The challenges facing the Constitutional debate go to the core of the European integration process as they have to do with the terms on which to establish a post-national political order.


Law, Democracy and Solidarity in a Post-national Union: The unsettled political order of Europe

Erik Oddvar Eriksen, Christian Joerges and Florian Rödl (eds), Routledge, 2008

This volume, edited by Erik Oddvar Eriksen (ARENA), Christian Joerges (EUI/Bremen) and Florian Rödl (ZERP, UniHB), was recently published in the Routledge Series on Democratising Europe. It is based on the proceedings of the concluding conference of the 2002-2005 CIDEL project: Citizenship and Democratic Legitimacy in the European Union, which was Financed by the European Commission’s Fifth Framework Programme for Research and was coordinated by ARENA.


The book deals with four themes which make up the main sources of the ‘constitutional crisis’:

  • The problem of the rule of law in a context of governance beyond the nation state
  • The problem of the social deficit of the Union
  • The problem of identity and collective memories
  • The problem of institutionalizing post-national democracy

These themes constitute the unfinished agenda of the European integration process. Law, Democracy and Solidarity in a Post-national Union is based on the efforts of a collection of top scholars in the fields of Law, Political Science, Sociology and Economics, and will appeal to students and scholars of political science, the European Union and European studies.

Beside the editors the contributors to the book are: Poul F. Kjaer, Rainer Nickel, Michelle Everson, Julia Eisner, Christoph U. Schmid, Waltraud Schelkle, Alexander Graser, Jan-Werner Müller, Hauke Brunkhorst, and John Erik Fossum.

See more at the publisher’s website.