Jan-Werner Mueller, a professor in the Politics Department and Center for Human Values, has just published a short book on the controversial question of whether the European Union is legitimated to intervene in its own member states to protect liberal democracy. Mueller's volume offers a case study of Hungary, where a right-wing populist government has been undermining the rule of law since 2010, before advancing a range of arguments drawn from democratic theory as to why Brussels can legitimately act as a guardian of liberal democracy. The book's German-language webiste can be found at http://www.suhrkamp.de/edition-suhrkamp-digital/wo-europa-endet_1002.html. Some of its core claims are also contained in Mueller's recent paper for the Transatlantic Academy, "Safeguarding Democracy inside the EU: Brussels and the Future of Liberal Order," available at http://www.transatlanticacademy.org/publications/safeguarding-democracy-inside-eu-brussels-and-future-liberal-order.
Feb. 25, 2013