The Rule of Law Under Threat

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The Rule of Law Under Threat

Eroding Institutions and European Remedies

9781035330683 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Robert Böttner, Assistant Professor of Public Law, Faculty for Law, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Erfurt and the late Hermann-Josef Blanke, formerly Professor of Public Law, Public International Law and European Integration, Faculty for Law, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Erfurt, Germany
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03533 068 3 Extent: c 266 pp
Providing perspectives from different fields of study such as public policy and politics as well as legal analysis, this book highlights the rule of law as a fundamental value of the European Union, and examines how this is implemented throughout the Member States. It explores empirical evidence and quantitative methods for studying the dynamics of this imperative legal principle in interdisciplinary research.

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Providing perspectives from different fields of study such as public policy and politics as well as legal analysis, this book highlights the rule of law as a fundamental value of the European Union, and examines how this is implemented throughout the Member States.

The Rule of Law Under Threat explores empirical evidence and quantitative methods for studying the dynamics of this imperative legal principle in interdisciplinary research. Internationally renowned experts consider the rule of law in the context of previous and future accessions to the EU in Eastern and South Eastern Europe, with particular focus on Hungary as one of the most recent and notorious cases of rule of law deficits in the EU. Finally, the book analyses the legal and political toolbox that the EU has at its disposal to counter the erosion of rule of law standards, including the Article 7 procedure, as well as strategies which recognise specific national discourses on and perceptions of the rule of law.

Students and scholars in constitutional and administrative law, European law, law and politics, and legal history will benefit from this book’s multidisciplinary approach to the rule of law. It is also an essential resource for practitioners and decision-makers in EU nations as well as candidate countries.
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‘This is a very current and well-organised volume providing a systematic analysis of the rule of law in the EU by several excellent continental scholars. The book, which is one of the few interdisciplinary studies on the EU rule of law, provides a balanced and informative account blending rich conceptual and empirical insights from recent case studies. The role of institutions, especially courts, and commonly shared principles such as mutual trust and homogeneity feature prominently in this book as well as narratives on challenges to the rule of law. Overall this is an important addition to the discourse on the rule of law in Europe as a contested concept.’
– Theodore Konstadinides, University of Essex, UK
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