Justifying supranational responses to the anti-constitutionalist challenge: Applying liberal multiculturalism as a background theory

Körtvélyesi, Zsolt and Majtényi, Balázs (2020) Justifying supranational responses to the anti-constitutionalist challenge: Applying liberal multiculturalism as a background theory. Global Constitutionalism. pp. 1-24. ISSN 2045-3825

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DOI: 10.1017/S2045381720000258
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Abstract

The EU is bound to respect the national identities of Member States. States might, at occasions, define their national identities in ways that breach inclusive constitutional values (e.g. equality) protected under TEU Article 2. The assumption behind the recognition of diverse constitutional identities is the peaceful coexistence of both, which is challenged by illiberal national developments. Instead, we see a zero-sum game between the constitutional recognition of exclusive values (e.g. dominant ethnicity or religion) and inclusive constitutional values; every gain by the proponents of emergent authoritarianism translates to a loss on the side of constitutional democracy. While exclusive norms appear in virtually every constitutional system, a critical mass of exclusive values can lead to the hollowing out of a democratic order, both on the national and on the supranational level. To try to draw the line where this shift happens, we are relying on the limits of toleration, and recognition, of exclusive norms and identity elements of minority communities in liberal theories of multiculturalism (e.g. Raz, Taylor, Kymlicka). We think that the case of illiberal minorities raise structurally similar theoretical questions, insights, and experiences than the dilemma defined above, the challenge of illiberal Member States undermining EU fundamental values.

Item Type: Article
Title in English: Justifying supranational responses to the anti-constitutionalist challenge: Applying liberal multiculturalism as a background theory
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Institute for Political Science
Research funder: European Union, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action DEMOS grant no. 822590
Depositing User: Enikő Meiszterics
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2020 12:50
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2020 12:50
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