Constituting Power in Europe

  • Erik O. EriksenEmail author


In Europe, sovereignty is pooled and bounded and decision-making power is shared by the EU and member states. This chapter sets out the cosmopolitan dimension of Europe’s liberal political order and clarifies why neither the framework of intergovernmentalism nor that of the federal state fit the EU. The framework of regional cosmopolitanism is a promising way to handle unity in diversity. Only respect for the individual—the ultimate unit of moral concern—gives modern law coherence and unity. The chapter then addresses Habermas’ concept of mixed constituent power and explains why it is shaky on constitutional grounds. Thereafter, it argues that there is a political universitas in Europe based on entrenched dignity protection, and that the integration process has created a European community of obligations.


Mixed constituent power Dignity Regional cosmopolitanism Federalism 


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  1. 1.ARENA Centre for European StudiesUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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