Type: Contribution to book
Conclusion: human dignity and the future of European democracy
Daniel BEDFORD, Catherine DUPRÉ, Gábor HALMAI, and Panos KAPOTAS (eds), Human dignity and democracy in Europe : synergies, tensions and crises, Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022, pp. 248-260
HALMAI, Gábor, KAPOTAS, Panos, Conclusion: human dignity and the future of European democracy, in Daniel BEDFORD, Catherine DUPRÉ, Gábor HALMAI, and Panos KAPOTAS (eds), Human dignity and democracy in Europe : synergies, tensions and crises, Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022, pp. 248-260 - http://hdl.handle.net/1814/74475
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The contributions to this book have attempted to illuminate the impact of the democratic decay in Europe on the status quo of human dignity. In the individual parts of the book the authors investigated the relationship between democracy and dignity through the lenses of identity, citizenship and solidarity. All this has been impacted by ‘converging crises’, from the recent financial crisis and the ongoing migration crisis to the current, pandemicinduced health and economic crises. One of the research objectives behind the study of these interconnected concepts was to gauge how the retreat of liberal democracy eroded the ideal state Europe wanted to achieve after World War II. This was a state in which human dignity is the most important governing principle, a ‘cultural-anthropological premise’ of constitutional law, the basis of fundamental rights in European Union (EU) law, which places ‘a particular understanding of humanity at the foundation of post-war constitutionalism’. The other related question that arises in this respect, of course, is whether only liberal democracy can recognise dignity by guaranteeing rights on the basis of a universal recognition of citizens as morally equal.
Published online: 17 March 2022; This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in Human dignity and democracy in Europe edited by Daniel Bedford, Catherine Dupré, Gábor Halmai, and Panos Kapotas, published in 20xx, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781789902839.00021 The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
Cadmus permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/74475
Full-text via DOI: 10.4337/9781789902839.00021
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing