We are pleased to announce that network member R. Daniel Kelemen, Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair, and Director of the Center for European Studies at Rutgers University, has been awarded the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) Best Book Prize for the best book on the EU published in 2011 or 2012, for his book Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union (Harvard University Press, 2011). EUSA is one of the premier scholarly and professional associations focusing on the European Union, with nearly 1000 members throughout North America, all EU member states, and on all continents, representing the social sciences, the humanities, business and law practitioners, news media, and governments. The prize will be presented at the Biennial EUSA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, May 9-11, 2013. The publisher’s description is below and excerpts from reviews can be found here. For a full review in The Columbia Journal of European Law, see here.
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Despite western Europe’s traditional disdain for the United States’ “adversarial legalism,” the European Union is shifting toward a very similar approach to the law, according to R. Daniel Kelemen. Coining the term “eurolegalism” to describe the hybrid that is now developing in Europe, he shows how the political and organizational realities of the EU make this shift inevitable.
The model of regulatory law that had long predominated in western Europe was more informal and cooperative than its American counterpart. It relied less on lawyers, courts, and private enforcement, and more on opaque networks of bureaucrats and other interests that developed and implemented regulatory policies in concert. European regulators chose flexible, informal means of achieving their objectives, and counted on the courts to challenge their decisions only rarely. Regulation through litigation—central to the U.S. model—was largely absent in Europe.
But that changed with the advent of the European Union. Kelemen argues that the EU’s fragmented institutional structure and the priority it has put on market integration have generated political incentives and functional pressures that have moved EU policymakers to enact detailed, transparent, judicially enforceable rules—often framed as “rights”—and back them with public enforcement litigation as well as enhanced opportunities for private litigation by individuals, interest groups, and firms.