Economic and Social Integration

Economic and Social Integration

The Challenge for EU Constitutional Law

Dagmar Schiek

The book draws on a unique content and discourse analysis of all Grand Chamber decisions on substantive EU law since May 2004. It finds the EU’s ‘judicial constitution’ to be more nuanced and more uniform than expected. While the Court of Justice enforces the constitution of integration, it favours economic freedoms under mainly liberal paradigms, but socially embeds constitutionalism in citizenship cases. The ‘judicial constitution’ contrasts with EU Treaties after the Treaty of Lisbon in that their new value base enhances European social integration. However, the Treaties too seem contradictory in that they do not expand the EU’s competence regime accordingly. In the light of these contradictions, Dagmar Schiek proposes a ‘constitution of social governance’: the Court and EU institutions should encourage steps towards social integration at EU level to be taken by transnational societal actors, rather than condemn their relevant activity.

Table of cases

Dagmar Schiek

Subjects: law - academic, european law, social policy and sociology, labour policy

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Court of Justice of the European Union (numerical) 26/62 van Gend en Loos [1963] ECR 1 65, 82 6/64 Flaminio Costa v E.N.E.L. (Costa) [1964] ECR 614 65, 82 29/69 Stauder [1969] ECR 419 99 11/70 Internationale Handelsgesellschaft [1970] ECR 1125 99 20/71 Sabbatini [1972] ECR 345 96 4/73 Nold [1974] ECR 491 99 152/73 Sotgiu [1974] ECR 153 97 167/73 French Merchant Seamen [1974] ECR 359 83 2/74 Reyners v. Belgium (Reyners) [1974] ECR 631 82 21/74 Airola [1975] ECR 221 96 33/74 van Binsbergen [1974] ECR 1299 23, 83, 84 36/74 Walrave [1974] ECR 1405 90, 110, 212 43/75 Defrenne v Sabena (Defrenne II) [1976] ECR 455 42, 95, 96, 173, 216 149/77 Defrenne v Sabena (Defrenne III) [1978] ECR I-1365 95, 96 120/78 Rewe Zentrale AG (Cassis de Dijon) [1979] ECR 649 83 44/79 Hauer [1979 ] ECR 3727 99 52/79 Debauve [1980] ECR 833 157 xiii 58/80 Dansk Supermarket [1981] ECR 181 91 286/82 and 26/83 Luisi and Carbone [1984] ECR 377 149, 156 75/83 Denkavit Nederland [1984] ECR 1 85 229/83 Leclerc [1985] ECR 1 93 237/83 Rummler [1986] ECR 2101 95 294/83 Parti écologiste “Les Verts” v European Parliament (Les Verts) [1986] ECR 1339 66 152/84 Marshall [1986] ECR 723 165 170/84 Bilka [1984] ECR 1607 95 205/84 Commission v Germany [1986] ECR 3755 88 C 311/85 Vlaamse Reisbureaus [1987] ECR 3801 93 65/86 Bayer [1987] 3801 91 126/86 Zaera [1987] ECR 3698 216 263/86 Humbel [1988] ECR 5365 157 81/87 Daily Mail [1988] ECR...