Abstract: 'The idea of the separation of powers has been subjected to criticism and competition ever since it first came to be during the upheaval of the English Civil War. In recent years the case has once again been stated that the idea of the separation of powers has lost its significance in a globalised… Continue reading Introduction to volume ‘The Powers That Be. Rethinking the Separation of Powers’ now available online
'Both democratic legitimacy and the separation of powers as concepts have very much evolved alongside the state and over the last decades the state has been giving up ground to other power holders, particularly international (and even supranational) actors. This brings up the question of whether the combination of these concepts is still viable outside… Continue reading Co-editor and co-author, volume The Powers That Be. Rethinking the Separation of Powers. A Leiden Response to Möllers (2015)
The European Parliament is sometimes criticised as being weak compared to national parliaments, while the executive it is supposed to check is not as well-defined an antagonist as in national systems. Read here why viewing the European Union (EU) through this state-centred lens seems neither fitting nor fair: http://leidenlawblog.nl/articles/the-european-parliament-as-benchmark-of-transconstitutionalism.
'Abstract The classic question posed by Tocqueville about the relationship between values and democracy is coming to the fore again. The main argument of this article is that, while the social doctrine of the Catholic Church has a clear answer to this question, Neo-Calvinism does not or at least does to a lesser extent. To… Continue reading Article ‘Joseph H. H. Weiler’s Approach to the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union: Is There a Message for Neo-Calvinists?’
On 18 March 2012 I wrote a post on a new essay by Joseph Weiler on Europe as 'political messianism'. The essay is also referred to in an article which appeared today on Leiden Law Blog: http://leidenlawblog.nl/articles/no-more-promised-land-waiting-at-the-end-of-the-road-for-eu. Have a look at this new blog of Leiden Law School, and check out the post which concludes as follows:'In sum, whether one… Continue reading New post at Leiden Law Blog: No More Promised Land Waiting at the End of the Road for EU?