Shifting narratives in European economic integration: Trade in services, pluralism and trust.
Regulating Trade in Services in the EU and the WTO: Trust, Distrust and Economic Integration.
© Cambridge University Press 2012.Introduction At almost twenty-five years of distance, Cappelletti, Seccombe and Weiler, on the one hand, and Delmas-Marty, on the other, have associated the European integration process with the ‘enigma of the “one and the many” that has haunted human civilisation throughout history’, that is ‘the dilemma of reaching an equilibrium between, on the one hand, a respect for the autonomy of the individual unit, freedom of choice, pluralism and diversity of action, and, on the other hand, the societal need for cooperation, integration, harmony and, at times, unity’. In 1986, Cappelletti, Seccombe and Weiler attempted to solve that dilemma, and thus the one of European integration, by resorting to the concept of federalism as embodying a ‘societal philosophy and organizational principle which require a particular balancing of individual and communal interest - a balance between particular and general, peripheral and central, and between autonomy and heteronomy’. In 2009, Delmas-Marty did so by resorting to the formula of ‘multiple interactions - judicial and normative, spontaneous and imposed, direct and indirect, to link together legal ensembles - national and international’, as a way ‘toward harmony’. At the core of this tentative essay - a feeler, indeed - lies an attempt to uncover a relative shift in the narrative underlying the matrix of European integration - from one of unity and federalism to one of pluralism, harmony and multiple interactions, to trace and report on manifestations of that shift in the core praxis of the EU system - market integration - and to suggest an alternative conceptualization of its hidden ethos by means of the notions of mutual trust and distrust.
|Title:||Shifting narratives in European economic integration: Trade in services, pluralism and trust|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws|
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