Law, Love and Responsibility: A Note on Solidarity in EU Law

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This paper argues that although solidarity was developed as a principle in EU law to enhance the unity and cooperation between the Member States, its viability at the transnational level remains ultimately a function of its efficacy at the micro level of EU citizens. The question at the core of this inquiry concerns, therefore, how micro and macro dimensions of solidarity are related to each other sociologically and what their relationship means for EU law and the EU’s integration policy. The paper begins by taking a closer look at how the notion of solidarity has been conceptualised within sociology and the sociology of law, before examining the role of solidarity in EU law and policy. It concludes by arguing that the crisis of solidarity must be reexamined in the context of the contradictory policies pursued by the EU which, on the one hand, promote social conflicts while, on the other hand, seek to stabilise social conditions by appealing to a European sense of solidarity. This turns the EU into a source of anxiety that generates a negative form of solidarity, one which is tribal in nature and lends itself easily to the populist tide of nationalism and fear that is currently sweeping across Europe.

Keywords: solidarity, EU law, identity politics, human rights, sociology of law, legal philosophy


  • Reza Banakar
Enheter & grupper

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Juridik och samhälle


Titel på värdpublikationFestskrift till Håkan Hydén
RedaktörerReza Banakar, Karl Dahlstrand, Lotti Ryberg Welander
FörlagJuristförlaget i Lund
ISBN (tryckt)9789154405756
StatusPublished - 2018
Peer review utfördNej


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