Domesticating discourses: European law, English judges, and political institutions Journal Article uri icon



  • Political science research on Europeanization has focused too little on the domestic legal-constitutional implications of European legal integration. We address this relative neglect, identifying two models of the impact of European law on domestic judicial discourses and testing them against evidence on the invocation of three EU law concepts within English courts. Contrary to a statist model, which expects judicial discourses to correspond closely with direct importations of European law through the preliminary reference procedure, we find stronger support for an indigenization model in which courts gradually domesticate previously alien concepts. These domesticating discourses offer new insights into domestic political and constitutional orders in the context of European and international legalization.

publication date

  • July 1, 2009

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • November 4, 2013 8:58 AM

Full Author List

  • Jupille J; Caporaso JA

author count

  • 2

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1755-7739

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1755-7747

Additional Document Info

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  • 205

end page

  • 228


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