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Book Review: Ramona Coman, The Politics of the Rule of Law in the EU Polity, Actors, Tools and Challenges

By Gisela Hernández

Sage Journals
Political Studies Review

The seriousness of the rule of law (RoL) crisis in the European Union (EU) is increasingly attracting the attention of practitioners and academics. Ramona Coman (Institut d’études européennes – Université Libre de Bruxelles) contributes to the existing debate by offering a comprehensive analysis of the main features of the politics of the RoL. These are examined through the lens of what, according to the author, has centrally driven its origins and development: the concept of dissensus. Understood as ‘the expression of polarised views which are not deliberated but rather irreconcilables and pitted against one another’, dissensus fundamentally influences and determines the meanings, tools and politics of the RoL. The book provides a masterful compendium of the political problems posed by the RoL crisis and the responses of the EU institutions and civil society.
Mis à jour le 23 novembre 2023