Van Gend en Loos : the individual as subject and object and the dilemma of European legitimacy
Title: Van Gend en Loos : the individual as subject and object and the dilemma of European legitimacy
Author: WEILER, Joseph H. H.
Publisher: Oxford Univ Press
Citation: International journal of constitutional law (I-CON), 2014, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 94-103
ISSN: 1474-2640; 1474-2659
This essay examines, first, the reasons for the extraordinary impact and iconic status which are attached to Van Gend en Loos. It argues that the explanation lies in a confluence of structural factors and not in the "direct effect" doctrine simpliciter. It then looks at the "darker" side of the case-a proxy for governance-its contribution to a European narrative of efficiency which disregards the traditional mechanism of democratic legitimacy.
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