Suing for Europe: Adversarial legalism and European governance

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This article develops a conceptual framework linking processes of regional integration with transformations in litigation. The analysis fuses the work of American public law scholars and European integration experts to examine if, how, and why an American "adversarial legalism" - style is developing in the European Union (EU), why this is causally linked to processes of integration, and what this means for democracy in the EU. The article provides a systematic and comparative cross-sector analysis of EU policy to reveal both the change in rights available to citizens and how these affect legal claims and democracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-127
Number of pages27
JournalComparative Political Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


  • European Court of Justice
  • European Union
  • Judicialization
  • Law
  • Litigation


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