Statecraft and the Foundations of European Union Law1

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter discusses the political and social philosophy of the European Union. It argues that constitutional orders are determined by historical factors encapsulated in the idea of "statecraft." It therefore places the European Union into a moment of transition from the "nation state" to the "market state." Events such as the increased harmonization of economic policies, the Single European Act, the European Monetary Union, the creation of European citizenship, and the Schengen arrangements suggest the transition from a nation-state to a "market-state" constitutional order. The argument moves from internal challenges to external ones and shows how the nature of the state is shaped by its international relations and choices. Ultimately, the European Union is viewed as a unique experiment, but also something that teaches us important lessons about statecraft in general.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhilosophical Foundations of European Union Law
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191741029
ISBN (Print)9780199588770
StatePublished - Jan 24 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


  • Constitutional order
  • EU
  • Market state
  • Nation state
  • Political philosophy
  • Social philosophy
  • State


Dive into the research topics of 'Statecraft and the Foundations of European Union Law1'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this