Publications and findings

WP 9 – Global Transnationalisation and Democratisation Compared


In posing the foundational question of whether democracyis possible also beyond the nation state, RECON does not only addressthe EU as a confined political entity, but also as part of a globalisedand increasingly interdependent world.The world is largely integratedthrough a common economic legal system, and trade relations are mainlygoverned by WTO law. At the same time the EU is also a legallyintegrated economic system. In cases of conflict between these two legalsystems, who has the last word? Tensions come to the fore as conflictsbetween economic interests and diverging policies. How doesinternational trade law and policy affect the conditions of socialregulation for constitutional democracies?


Publications and activities WP 9

A complete list of publications and presentations is available for each year of the project:

 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011

You can also try an open search in RECON’s database, or search by partner institution and name.




Selected findings from RECON’s research on global transnationalisation and democratisation

  • Labour law and social rights have been overridden by economic freedoms in recent judgements by the European Court of Justice
  • Trade policies in the EU and at the international level have been ‘politicised’ and forced to respond to concerns such as environmental and social protection
  • The ongoing European reform of the GMO regulatory framework is a positive step towards conflicts resolution through decentralisation and flexibility
  • The state form can be as conducive to cosmopolitanism as can a supranational entity, in particular under multinational conditions
  • Comparisons of the EU and Canada show that Canada’s failure to develop a common national sense of community and identity has compelled it to develop more inclusive (or cosmopolitan) conceptions of communal belonging 

Read more on these findings in the WP 9 leaflet Beyond Europe – Globalisation and/or democratisation? (pdf), which presents snapshots of selected findings to practitioners and policy makers, media and informed readers, civil society actors and interest groups, as well as other ‘stakeholders’.


RECON pamphlet

Reconstituting Democracy in Europe – Snapshots of findings (pdf)

Selected findings in brief from all RECON’s research fields