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Spreading Democracy and the Rule of Law?

The Impact of EU Enlargement on the Rule of Law, Democracy and Constitutionalism in Post-Communist Legal Orders

  • Wojciech Sadurski
  • Adam Czarnota
  • Martin Krygier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martin Krygier
      Pages 1-24
  3. Democratic Institutions and Practices

  4. Constitutionalism

  5. The Rule of Law

  6. Concluding Remarks

About this book

Introduction

The accession of eight post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe (and also of Malta and Cyprus) to the European Union in 2004 has been heralded as perhaps the most important development in the history of European integration so far. While the impact of the enlargement on the constitutional structures and practices of the EU has already generated a rich scholarly literature, the influence of the accession on constitutionalism, democracy, human rights and the rule of law among the new member states has been largely ignored. This book fills this gap, and addresses the question of the consequences of the "external force" of European enlargement upon the understanding and practice of democracy and the rule of law and among both the main legal-political actors and the general public in the new member-states. A number of leading legal scholars, sociologists and political scientists, both from Central and Eastern Europe and from outside, address these issues in a systematic and critical way. Taken together, these essays help answer a fundamental question: does the European Union have the potential of promoting and consolidate democracy and human rights?

Keywords

European Integration European Union Governance Legitimacy Transition human rights legal culture legal order politics transformation will

Editors and affiliations

  • Wojciech Sadurski
    • 1
  • Adam Czarnota
    • 2
  • Martin Krygier
    • 2
  1. 1.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.University of NSWSydneyAustralia

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