The Tangled Complexity of the EU Constitutional Process

The Frustrating Knot of Europe

By Giuseppe Martinico

© 2012 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

Despite the rejection of the EU Constitutional Treaty eventually leading to the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, the debates concerning the European Union’s constitutional framework continue. This book builds on the discourse in European Union constitutionalism in order to offer a novel analysis of the EU’s constitutional developments.

Giuseppe Martinico sets out a unique account of EU constitutionalism which argues that the EU legal order is a complex entity which shares some features with natural systems. The book is soundly anchored in the theory and methodology of legal science and based on a deep knowledge of judicial practices. The author contends that Europe is still suffering from the failure of the Constitutional Treaty and is practicing the new institutional equilibrium afforded by the coming into force of the Reform Treaty. The book goes on to explore the methodological implications of such constitutional complexity for the study of EU law. The Tangled Complexity of the EU Constitutional Process will be of particular interest to academics and students in the disciplines of Law, International Relations and Political Science.

Table of Contents

1. Only a Drop in the Ocean? An Attempt to Classify the Debate About the Notion and the Nature of the European Constitution 2. Dealing with Constitutional Theories Of European Integration 3. Constructivism and Evolutionism In The Last Twenty Years of (Mega) Constitutional Politics in the EU 4. Complexity in Action: From The Structure to the Actors 5. On The Future of Constitutional Conflicts

About the Author

Giuseppe Martinico is currently García Pelayo Fellow at the Centro de EstudiosPoliticos y Constitucionales (CEPC), Madrid. Prior to joining the CEPC he was Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. Giuseppe got a PhD in Law from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, where he also conducted two years of post-doctoral research. In Pisa he also serves as STALS Editor (

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Routledge Research in EU Law

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Constitutional