University of Malta
 

Ph.D. Award
UOM Main Page
 
 
 
Apply - Admissions 2016
Newspoint
Public Policy Brochure 2010
Public Policy Brochure 2009  
Facebook
 

Dr. Christopher Pollacco

Ph.D. 2016

Title: The policy-making process of an emerging polity : a study of the making of a constitutional architecture for Europe 

Abstract: The European Union’s constitution-making process has been characterized by a piecemeal approach to integration, which has given rise to a treaties-, rather than a constitution-based compound polity. In 1989–91, the end of the Cold War and subsequent dissolution of the Soviet Union prompted the EC leaders to expand the Community’s remit into policy areas beyond economic and monetary union. Eventually, the post-Maastricht era was characterized by an unprecedented string of EC/EU accession applications from across the continent; hence the maturation of what seemed to be a quasi-constitutional moment for Europe, during which European leaders seemed willing to tie the Union’s constitutional ‘loose ends’ that had accumulated over the previous fifty years of piecemeal constitution-making and disjointed incrementalism, into one simplified constitutional treaty text, possibly modelled along federal lines. This study posits that the Union’s confederative process has experienced a slowdown, especially after the rejection of the Constitutional Treaty by the French and Dutch electorates in 2005, due to the resurgence of a sovereignist rationale among Europeans and certain Eurosceptic national governments, which seems to have dampened the integrationists’ vision of a Union run on a federalist basis. Furthermore, it is argued that the practice of adding extra-Treaty accords piecemeal to the basic Treaties continues to characterize the Union’s constitution-making process. Finally, this study illustrates that the various treaty mechanisms and safeguard clauses crafted by the Masters of the Treaties continue to be vital ‘holding together’ arrangements because they provide enough flexibility for the Union’s edifice to persist.

Calendar
Notices
Semester 1 Time-table 2017/8 - Day Courses
Time-tables for Day Courses for the Academic Year 2017/18 - Semester 1
Semester 1 Time-table 2017/18 - Evening Courses
Time-tables for Evening Courses for the Academic Year 2017/18 - Semester 1
JAYE 2017-2018
Gain the Real Business Experience!
Dubrovnik International Economic Meeting 2017
Meeting to be held on 12-14th October 2017, organised by the University of Dubrovnik, Department of Economics and Business Economics
Half Day Seminar

From AML to Financial Crime Prevention

-How to Bullet Proof your Organisation

Wednesday 18th October 2017, 1600hrs - 1930hrs

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2 (LT2)

Ethics Forms & Guidelines
All students are to fill in these forms and hand in to their respective departmental Secretary. 
 
 
Last Updated: 4 October 2017

Log In back to UoM Homepage