Research Handbook on Legal Pluralism and EU Law
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Research Handbook on Legal Pluralism and EU Law

Edited by Gareth Davies and Matej Avbelj

The Research Handbook on Legal Pluralism and EU Law explores the diversity of phenomenon of overlapping legal systems within the European Union, the nature of their interactions, and how they deal with the difficult question of the legal hierarchy between them. The contributors reflect on the history, sociology and legal scholarship on constitutional and legal pluralism, and develop this further in the light of the challenges currently facing the EU.
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Chapter 15: The pluralist socio-economic character of the European Treaties

Clemens Kaupa


It is sometimes argued that the European Union facilitates outcomes conforming to a specific socioeconomic paradigm. The present text addresses the (narrow) legal question whether the European Treaties prescribe the adoption of policies in line with a specific worldview. Based on a textual, historical and functional interpretation of the European Treaties, it is argued that this is not the case. Instead, the Treaties must be understood as pluralist in the light of competing socioeconomic paradigms; this means that, in principle, a broad spectrum of socioeconomic policies could be pursued within its framework.

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