The Resource 'We, the people' vs. 'we, the peoples' : the debate over the nature of the union in the USA and Canada and its lessons for European integration, Dennis-Jonathan Mann

'We, the people' vs. 'we, the peoples' : the debate over the nature of the union in the USA and Canada and its lessons for European integration, Dennis-Jonathan Mann

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'We, the people' vs. 'we, the peoples' : the debate over the nature of the union in the USA and Canada and its lessons for European integration
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'We, the people' vs. 'we, the peoples'
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the debate over the nature of the union in the USA and Canada and its lessons for European integration
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Dennis-Jonathan Mann
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eng
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After more than fifty years of European integration, the "nature of the beast" and the finalité politique of the European Union remain heavily contested. This thesis contributes to a growing body of literature that uses the framework of comparative federalism to "make sense" of the European Union. On an empirical level, the thesis contrasts the EU discourse with an in-depth analysis of two (historic) cases of nature of the Union debates: that of the (early) United States and Canada. Empirically, a core insight of the study is that the puzzle regarding the nature of the EU is largely misunderstood as being an exceptional or sui generis case. Rather, a (temporary) "state of limbo" is found to be the rule and not the exception in the systems studied. In terms of its theoretical contribution, the thesis overcomes the positivistic (and often teleological) approaches prevailing in the field of comparative federalism by drawing upon insights from constructivist epistemology. Thereby, a positivist reliance on "hard facts", strict typologies and formal institutions can be shifted towards a perspective that allows for an analysis of the debates and discourses about the systems' alleged "facts" and structures. Hereby, the thesis not only shows remarkable analogies between the three nature of the Union debates, the findings also raise questions over some of the core assumptions found in the European integration literature. Above all, the findings suggest that essentially contested federal systems can be sustained in spite of rivaling concepts regarding their nature and telos, thereby refuting widely held beliefs that the European Union must either "clarify its nature" or fail. Contrary to the latter view, the findings of this thesis actually suggest that<U+0127> �rather than endangering them<U+0127> �a contested nature and constitutional ambiguity is what holds these Unions together and what enables them to "go on"
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Mann, Dennis-Jonathan
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Defence date: 12 November 2012
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (SPS), 2012.
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European University Institute
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  • EUI PhD theses
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'We, the people' vs. 'we, the peoples' : the debate over the nature of the union in the USA and Canada and its lessons for European integration, Dennis-Jonathan Mann
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Examining Board: Professor Friedrich V. Kratochwil, formerly EUI, Supervisor; Professor Robert L. Howse, New York University School of Law (CoSupervisor); Professor Susanne K. Schmidt, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences; Professor Sven Steinmo EUI
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-362)
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xiv, 362 pages
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(OCoLC)914475961
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'We, the people' vs. 'we, the peoples' : the debate over the nature of the union in the USA and Canada and its lessons for European integration, Dennis-Jonathan Mann
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor Friedrich V. Kratochwil, formerly EUI, Supervisor; Professor Robert L. Howse, New York University School of Law (CoSupervisor); Professor Susanne K. Schmidt, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences; Professor Sven Steinmo EUI
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-362)
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
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FIEbb1717367x
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xiv, 362 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)914475961

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