By Søren Dosenrode

The ecu venture has inside in simple terms fifty two years completed a stunning momentum, and the ecu Union (EU) is now imminent complete statehood. The conference at the way forward for Europe has comprehensive its paintings and passed over a suggestion for a constitutional treaty to the Heads of nation and govt of the ecu. therefore, it's time to current an built-in research of what seems to be the eu nation. the purpose of the e-book is 2 fold: first, it discusses the vital questions and ideas in the box of eu experiences comparable to federalism, the connection among statehood and structure, integration and structure, the areas within the 'new' Europe, the european as a global actor. moment, those easy discussions will all be regarding the draft structure. This paintings is acceptable for classes on eu integration, federalism and foreign politics.

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2) Which features of constitutionalization and/or of a constitutional document generally contribute to the legitimacy of a system of government? 3) What would be the meaning and relevance of a constitution in a sui generis polity like the EU which does not want – or is not allowed – to be a ‘super-state’? 4) Which major elements ought to mark a constitution of the Union to fit its very specific traits and the heterogeneity of its parts? I shall deal with these questions by turning first to the functions and benefits of constitutions, generally, and to those features which can be expected to impinge on the legitimacy of the political systems based on them (section 2).

In such a case the threat could also be of an economic, social or political nature (McKay 1999, pp. 29 and 32). 40 And it also implies that a unitary state may be turned into a federation to save it from total disintegration, as was the case of Belgium and several former British colonies. Federalization has been a device to handle cultural diversity, but here there was a common core culture. 41 Another advantage in Riker’s model is that it delivers an explanation as to how integration can happen under ‘realistic’ premises and not just under ‘liberal’ ones.

The state’s sovereignty extends to all the individuals within a given territory, and applies equally, even to those in formal positions of government or rule-making. Thus sovereignty is distinct from the personnel who at any given time occupy a particular role within the state. 4. The modern state’s personnel are mostly recruited and trained for management in a bureaucratic manner. 5. The state has the capacity to extract monetary revenues (taxation) to finance its activities from its subject population.

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