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By Justus Schonlau, Emanuela Lombardo, Miriam Aziz, Dario Castiglione, Chris Longman, Nieves Perez-Solo

This quantity examines the making of the Constitutional Treaty of the ecu Union. It does so by way of taking note of the way the political actors operated in the conference, by way of analysing civil society's enter, and via monitoring the improvement of the constitutional textual content past the conference itself, during the IGC procedure and in the european criminal process. In discussing the ecu event, the authors additionally handle the query of no matter if its transnational personality represents a brand new improvement for the speculation of structure making.

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At least conceptually, territorial finality is easy to understand. There are, of course, disagreements on where to draw Europe’s borders. Such disagreements depend as much on geo-political considerations as on different conceptions of the European Union itself. But there is no disputing that for both functional and historical reasons the European Communities first, and the European Union later, were conceived as ‘expansive’ projects, whose concrete dynamics, however, need halting at some stage.

And yet, as is obvious, a constitution is a ‘beginning’ or a foundation moment, rather than a point of arrival. The only sense in which it can be considered as the end of a process is when looked at from a pre-constitutional perspective, as a document or a moment made possible by the coming to maturation of certain historical and political conditions. To be fair, in his Humboldt speech, Fischer did not duck the issue. When talking of the main reforms that the Europe Union needed in order to confront the challenges of the new century, he abandoned the language of finality for that of renewal: ‘These .

The duration of the constitutional moments, for instance, may vary greatly. 13 More generally, in his own characterisation of Ackerman’s position, Walker concentrates on the ‘effects’ of constitutional politics, while giving less consideration to its ‘properties’, which, as he nonetheless says, are an important part of Ackerman’s theory of dualist democracy. Such properties, which as already mentioned mark off constitutional from normal politics, can be judged as events unfold, even though they may need to be validated by their capacity to produce certain kinds of effects for the constitutional moment to succeed.

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