Edited by Gareth Davies and Matej Avbelj
Chapter 23: Pluralism then and now
This Afterword examines the changing nature of the legal pluralist debate as regards the European Union, and how it reflects the developing social and political context. In the 1990s, the pluralist question came to the surface in response to the differing attitudes of the Court of Justice and national constitutional judges over the question of final judicial authority in the EU. The debate was a product of supranational strength and national anxiety in the face of that strength. Today, the EU stands in a less sure position, buffeted by a number of economic, social and political crises. The pluralist debate has broadened to take account of these crises. No longer confined to the judicial sphere, its continuing relevance depends on its connecting these legal questions to broader questions of the very sustainability of the EU’s deeper political pluralism.
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