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Making Abbé Sieyès and Jürgen Habermas Meet: Constitution-Making in the Supranational Setting. EIPA Working Paper 2005/W/03

Beyer, Malte. (2005) Making Abbé Sieyès and Jürgen Habermas Meet: Constitution-Making in the Supranational Setting. EIPA Working Paper 2005/W/03. [Working Paper]

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    [Introduction]. This presentation will proceed by presenting a virtual meeting of two unlikely companions. Both of them have influenced the European constitutional tradition and discourse to a great extent. In some respects they represent extremes. In others they might agree. This paper will try to highlight some of the important points of discussion and try to see how we can conceptualize the Convention process in the light of these. It will try to build some common ground between the concepts of these writers. The underlying trouble of European constitutional discourse is that it still lacks a common language. Its points of reference are different. Abbé Sieyès and Jürgen Habermas shall for the purpose of this presentation represent two important strands of discussion. It will begin with an exposé of the argument of Abbé Sieyès, still the most important reference point for member states’ constitutional doctrine. It will try to separate his ideas of a pouvoir constituant from the nation as the only possible subject of this power. It will then contrast this doctrine as being voluntarist with the Kantian approach of universalism as a foundation of the constitution and describe the developments Habermas has added to that. With an excursus to Canadian constitutional development it will demonstrate why deliberative constitution-making is necessary on normative ground for the situation of the EU. Then it will discuss how the constitutionmaking group shall be determined. It will argue for the conception of the demos as a function of a deliberative procedure itself. In the light of this it will try to explain the representation of EU citizens in the Convention on the Future of Europe. Some comments on the question of a constitutional moment will follow and it will argue for a visible political process. Eventually, Sieyès and Habermas will meet in the composite constitution proposed by Pernice. In response to the topic of this conference I would like to add some remarks on the future development of the Convention method

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Constitution for Europe
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > European Convention
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > European Institute of Public Adminstration (Maastricht) > Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2006
    Page Range: p. 30
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:38

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