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Back to Maastricht

Obstacles to Constitutional Reform within the EU Treaty (1991-2007)

Editor(s): Carlo Spagnolo, Leila Simona Talani

Book Description

European integration has long defied previous notions of state sovereignty and has since the days of the Coal and Steel Community been conferred with original supranational instruments. Yet the Treaty of Rome did not raise the same popular reactions as the Maastricht Treaty about the infringement of national sovereignty. This book suggests that the end of the Cold War has modified the functions of European integration so that the original ideals of integration have lost part of their appeal; hence the birth of the European Union can be regarded as an attempt to seek a new legitimacy. How far did the EU Treaty meet this unprecedented challenge?
This book argues that the Maastricht Treaty established a constitutional framework for a new kind of polity without resolving the issue of its purpose and scope. The volume seeks thus to explain some of the reasons for the defeat of the Constitutional Treaty in 2005 dating them back to the Maastricht Treaty. In so doing, the book links the actual state of European integration with the decisions taken at Maastricht in five different realms of supranational policy-making. The first is the constitutional setting of the EU Treaty and its effect on national constitutional law; the second is the concept of governance and the changes introduced by the Economic and Monetary Union; the third is the historical background of the Maastricht agreement; the fourth the political economy of the Economic and Monetary Union; the fifth is the impact of European citizenship in the recent case-law of the European Court of Justice and the prospects of a EU politicisation.
The book puts in perspective the solutions to the recent stalemate of the European integration process offered by the Lisbon Treaty.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8521-1
ISBN-10: 1-84718-521-5
Date of Publication: 01/04/2008
Pages / Size: 450 / A5
Price: £44.99


Stefania Baroncelli is Associate Professor of Public Law at the Free University of Bolzano/Bozen, School of Economics and Management. Her research interests relate mainly to the EU constitutional dimension, the relationship between the EU and the member States, the EMU and the State's role in the economic sphere

Carlo Spagnolo is Lecturer of Contemporary European History at the Faculty of Humanities, Univ. of Bari and member of the scientific committee of the Foundation Gramsci Institute in Rome. His main scientific interests deal with international political economy of the XXth Century and European integration.

Dr Simona Talani is a Lecturer in European Politics at the University of Bath and a Research fellow at the LSE. She was associate fellow at the University of Los Angeles California (2005) and Associate Expert for the United Nations (2001). She gained a PhD with Distinction from the European University Institute in Florence in 1998. She published with Oxford University Press, Palgrave, IB Tauris and Edward Elgars among others.