The European Court's Political Power
By (author) Karen J. Alter
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European Court's Political Power by Karen J. Alter
Book DescriptionKaren Alter's work on the European Court of Justice heralded a new level of sophistication in the political analysis of the controversial institution, through its combination of legal understanding and active engagement with theoretical questions. The European Court's Political Power assembles the most important of Alter's articles written over a fourteen year span, adding an original new introduction and conclusion taking an overview of the Court's development and current concerns. Together the articles provide insight into the historical and political contours of the ECJ's influence on European politics, explaining how and why the same institution can have such a varying impact across time and issue area. The book starts with the European Coal and Steel Community, where the ECJ was largely unable to facilitate greater member state respect for ECSC rules. Alter then shows how legal actors orchestrated an activist transformation of the European legal system-with the critical aid of jurist advocacy movements, and via the co-optation national courts. The transformation of the European legal system wrested from member states control over the meaning of European law, but the ECJ continues to have differential influence across issue area. Alter explains that different influence of the ECJ comes from the varied extent to which sub and supra-national actors turn to the ECJ to achieve political objectives. Looking beyond the European experience, the book includes four chapters that put the ECJ into a comparative perspective, examining the extent to which the ECJ experience is unique, or a harbinger of the future role international courts may play in international and comparative politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199558353
(240mm x 160mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Karen J. Alter
Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication, Paperback (November 2015)
This Oxford Handbook provides interdisciplinary perspectives on international adjudication, analysing the proliferation of international courts and tribunals from the perspective of both international law and political science. It presents the different theoretical approaches to these courts, their main functions, and the issues confronting them.
New Terrain of International Law, Paperback (March 2014)
Charts the developments and trends in the creation and role of international courts, and explains how the delegation of authority to international judicial institutions influences global and domestic politics. This title looks at the scope and powers of international courts operating around the world.
European Court's Political Power, Paperback (June 2010)
This volume collects the influential work of Karen Alter analysing the ECJ's controversial influence on European politics. Together, the essays cover the entire history of the institution, from the early days of the Coal and Steel Community, through the activist transformation of the European legal system, to the current period of an enlarged EU.
Establishing the Supremacy of European Law, Paperback (January 2003)» View all books by Karen J. Alter
This text explains why national courts took on a role enforcing European law against their governments, and why national governments accepted an institutional change that greatly compromised national sovereignty.
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Author Biography - Karen J. Alter
Karen J. Alter is Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University. She is the author of Establishing the Supremacy of European Law: The Making of an International Rule of Law in Europe (OUP: 2001).
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