The Constitutionalization of the European Union: Explaning the Parliamentarization and Institutionalization of Human Rights

Rittberger, Berthold and Schimmelfennig, Frank (May 2005) The Constitutionalization of the European Union: Explaning the Parliamentarization and Institutionalization of Human Rights. IHS Political Science Series 104

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Abstract: Parliamentarization and the institutionalization of human rights are two processes of constitutionalization in the EU that constitute a puzzle for explanations inspired by both rationalist and constructivist institutionalism. We propose toanalyze these processes as strategic action in a community environment: Community actors use the liberal democratic identity, values and norms that constitute the EU's ethos strategically to put social and moral pressure on those community members that oppose the constitutionalization of the EU. Theoretically, this process will be most effective under conditions of high salience, legitimacy , publicity and resonance. In a Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) of the EU's constitutional decisions from 1951 to 2004, we show salience to be the by far most relevant condition of constitutionalization in the EU.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Konstitutionalisierung' 'Europäische Union' 'Institutionalismus' 'Strategische Aktion' 'QCA' 'Constitutionalization' 'European Union' 'Institutionalism' 'Strategic Action'
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:38
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2017 17:31
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/1637

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