Political Theory

Nation, Economics, and Liberty in the European Union


This conference explored the strengths and weaknesses of the European Union and its relationship to liberty. In the process, the conferees discussed the history of the development of the European Union and how different interpretations of that history lead to different conclusions about the present and future conditions of the Union.


Conference Readings

Pagden, Anthony, eds. The Idea of Europe: From Antiquity to the European Union. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Habermas, Jürgen. The Divided West. Edited by Cronin, Ciaran. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2006.

“Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.” Official Journal of the European Union. http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2010:083:0389:0403:EN:PDF (October 11, 2011).

“The Lisbon Treaty.” Eurostep-EEPA. http://www.lisbon-treaty.org/wcm/ (October 11, 2011).

Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg. Selected Writings of Lord Acton, Volume I: Essays in the History of Liberty. Edited by J. Rufus Fears. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1985.

Alesina, Alberto and Francesco Giavazzi. The Future of Europe: Reform or Decline. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006.

Bagus, Philipp. The Tragedy of the Euro. Auburn, AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2010.

Belien, Paul. A Throne in Brussels: Britain, the Saxe-Coburgs and the Belgianisation of Europe. Charlottesville, Virginia: Imprint Academic, 2006.

Buchanan, James M. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 18: Federalism, Liberty, and the Law. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Clarke, Stephen and Claire Daley. “History of the Eurozone crisis.” CIVITAS. http://www.civitas.org.uk/eufacts/download/TheEurozoneCrisis%28Oct2010%29.pdf (October 11, 2011).

Einaudi, Luigi. Selected Economic Essays. Edited by Luca Einaudi et al. Houndmills, Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2006.

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.

James, Wil and Natalie Hamill. “History of the European Union.” CIVITAS. http://www.civitas.org.uk/eufacts/OS/OS3.htm (accessed on September 5, 2012).

Kotzur, Markus, “We, the Citizens of Europe: European Union Citizenship” In Citizenship in America and Europe: Beyond the Nation-State?, edited by Michael S. Greve and Michael Zoeller, 71-94. Washington, D.C.: AEI Press, 2009.

Milward, Alan S. The European Rescue of the Nation-State. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1992.

Schwartz, Pedro. The Euro as Politics. London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 2004.

von Mises, Ludwig. Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1974.

Watrin, Christian. “On the Political Economy of the Subsidiarity Principle.” Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines 13, no. 2/3 (2003): 275-287.