Dear friends of the Jean Monnet Center,
We are pleased to announce the online publication of the fifth paper in the 2009 Jean Monnet Working Paper series. We include the abstract of this paper below:
Kostas A. Lavdas and Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, "Republican Europe in a Liberal Milieu"
(JMWP no. 05/09)
With republican theory emerging as a form of scholarly inquiry on Europe's puzzling transformations, a variety of civic conceptions of the European Union (EU) bring into focus the uses of normative theory. This paper, drawing from a rich intellectual tradition, argues that a challenge central to EU constitutionalism is to utilize Europe's republican tradition for its emerging polity. But we also need a new way of theorizing European diversity, as the latter transcends national differences by embracing a variety of cultural and spatial dimensions. But how are we to combine a robust (republican) grounding for constitutionalism and a celebratory affirmation of differences? We suggest that, by tackling the question of democracy in the EU from a liberal republican angle that endorses a new form of civic polyculturalism, one can assign meaning to Europe's envisaged transformation into a res publica composita. The theoretical challenge is thus set: to go beyond what is evident in Europe's novel experimentations with democracy so as to embrace latent but crucial potentialities.
We invite you to access this Working Paper on the Jean Monnet Center website at www.jeanmonnetprogram.org.