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The Assent of the People is Not Necessary to the Formation of a Confederation: Notes on the Failure of the European Constitutional Referendums


Podolnjak, Robert
The Assent of the People is Not Necessary to the Formation of a Confederation: Notes on the Failure of the European Constitutional Referendums // Politička misao : Croatian Political Science Review, 43 (2006), 5; 99-120 (podatak o recenziji nije dostupan, članak, znanstveni)


Naslov
The Assent of the People is Not Necessary to the Formation of a Confederation: Notes on the Failure of the European Constitutional Referendums

Autori
Podolnjak, Robert

Izvornik
Politička misao : Croatian Political Science Review (0032-3241) 43 (2006), 5; 99-120

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, članak, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
European Union; European Constitution; referendum; constitution-making

Sažetak
It is the thesis of this paper that the main causes of the failure of the European Constitution result from bad preparation and management of a complex process of constitution-making for a union of states of continental proportions. The crucial reasons for the failure of the European Constitution are elaborated as certain preliminary propositions. The first proposition is that in the normative sense there is no reason and need for the people to be directly engaged in the creation of a confederal union or in the amending of its fundamental documents. The next and related proposition is that there are powerful political reasons to avoid popular ratification of constitutional documents, especially in federal unions. The argument is that the voting of people is more suitable for pulling down than to build up Constitutions is similar to the former – that the people should have nothing with confederations. However, the former argument starts from the normative proposition that the people should not ratify confederal treaties, and the latter wants to point out that there could be significant problems with the constitutional acceptance when that constitution has to be ratified by some sort of direct involvement of citizens ( by people's conventions or referendum). The third argument is that the ambivalent approach of the European constitution-makers to the method of constitutional ratification and the complete absence of the ratification strategy, resulting in the compromise procedure of ratification "in accordance with their respective constitutional requirements", was extremely detrimental from the standpoint of the ratification. The final error is that they have not made use of comparative experiences of constitution-making of other federal unions.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Pravo



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Projekt / tema
066-0661428-2502 - Izgradnja demokratskih ustavnopravnih institucija RH u razvojnoj perspektivi (Branko Smerdel, )

Ustanove
Pravni fakultet, Zagreb

Autor s matičnim brojem:
Robert Podolnjak, (279311)

Časopis indeksira:


  • Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC)
    • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)