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Legal Experts or Political Entrepreneurs?

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This paper argues that the drafting of the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe (now Lisbon treaty) can be described as a process of social construction and political mobilization where a transnational community of legal professionals / political entrepreneurs successfully put the issue of a European Constitution on the political agenda (advocating the reorganisation and the constitutionalisation of the treaties) and later framed the debates at the Convention. This transnational network of actors with strong backgrounds in law and academia did actually played a central part through the entire process, in the expert committees convened by the European Parliament and Commission under the umbrella of the European University Institute (Amato Report), in the committee for constitutional affairs of the European Parliament (Duhamel Report), but also in the two Conventions that drafted the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Constitution. Based on an in-depth empirical study of the social profiles of the main actors of this constitutional moment, including a systematic statistical analysis of the social recruitment of the European Convention, this contribution intends to highlight the part played by transnational professional communities – somewhere in-between “epistemic communities” and “advocacy networks” – in contemporary European politics.

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Name: Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies
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Cohen, Antonin. "Legal Experts or Political Entrepreneurs?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399562_index.html>

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Cohen, A. "Legal Experts or Political Entrepreneurs?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada Online <PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399562_index.html

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Abstract: This paper argues that the drafting of the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe (now Lisbon treaty) can be described as a process of social construction and political mobilization where a transnational community of legal professionals / political entrepreneurs successfully put the issue of a European Constitution on the political agenda (advocating the reorganisation and the constitutionalisation of the treaties) and later framed the debates at the Convention. This transnational network of actors with strong backgrounds in law and academia did actually played a central part through the entire process, in the expert committees convened by the European Parliament and Commission under the umbrella of the European University Institute (Amato Report), in the committee for constitutional affairs of the European Parliament (Duhamel Report), but also in the two Conventions that drafted the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Constitution. Based on an in-depth empirical study of the social profiles of the main actors of this constitutional moment, including a systematic statistical analysis of the social recruitment of the European Convention, this contribution intends to highlight the part played by transnational professional communities – somewhere in-between “epistemic communities” and “advocacy networks” – in contemporary European politics.


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