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Politics of Last ResortGoverning by Emergency in the European Union$
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Jonathan White

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198791720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198791720.001.0001

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Structural Vulnerabilities of the Transnational Sphere

Structural Vulnerabilities of the Transnational Sphere

(p.40) 2 Structural Vulnerabilities of the Transnational Sphere
Politics of Last Resort

Jonathan White

Oxford University Press

Since its origins in the 1950s, European integration has entailed the creation of institutions whose rationale is to advance and maintain certain policy ends, notably the ‘four freedoms’ of the common market. As this chapter argues, the effect is that policy commitments have tended to be privileged over procedural arrangements. Rather than self-standing entities that can be put to different ends, broadly on the model of the modern state, one sees institutions evolving with the policies, and liable to be side-stepped should they fail to serve those ends. A non-hierarchical constitutional structure does little to inhibit these restructurings, indeed arguably gives further encouragement. The ideas and practices of emergency become ways to galvanize action, coordination, and innovation across a diverse and potentially recalcitrant institutional field.

Keywords:   functionalism, Christian Democracy, Ordoliberalism, constitution, Jean Monnet, provisional government

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