Book panel: Signe Rehling Larsen, The Constitutional Theory of the Federation and the European Union (OUP 2021)
Signe R. Larsen is a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College, Oxford. This panel will see leading scholars in constitutional theory and EU law discuss aspects of her recent book, The Constitutional Theory of the Federation and the European Union. The book explores the constitutional theory of the federation as a discrete form of political association that cannot be understood based on the general theory of the state and its concept of sovereignty. The constitutional theory of the federation remains underdeveloped because federalism is generally approached from a state-centric perspective. By relying on a flawed distinction between a sovereign federal state and a confederation of sovereign states, the nature and foundations of federal authority have been misunderstood. Larsen‘s book maintains that in the federation sovereignty is contested, repressed or absent. The theory of the federation sheds light on key issues concerning the constitutional nature of the EU as its recent crises.