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The legitimacy of the European Union through legal rationality: Free movement of third country nationals

Ball, Richard

Authors

Rick Ball Richard.Ball@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Law

Abstract

Third country nationals (TCNs) play an important part in the economy of the European Union, reflected in the rights granted to them under European Union Law. Political expediency is however shaped by world, regional and domestic influences that in turn determine policy towards third country nationals and their legal rights to freedom of movement.
This book examines the concept of political legitimacy within the European Union through the principles of legal rationality, focusing in particular on the European Union’s policy towards third country nationals. Richard Ball argues that for legal doctrine to be rational it must display the requirements of formal, instrumental and substantive rationality, each mutually exclusive and essential.
In taking this position of legal rationality, the book focuses on free movement rights of TCNs within EU treaties and implementing legislation, the Area of Freedom Security and Justice, and Association Agreements. Ball concludes that the stance of European Union Law towards third country nationals lacks legitimacy, and suggests possible new directions that EU policy should take in the future.

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Series Title Routledge Research in EU Law
ISBN 9780415505314
Institution Citation Ball, R. (2014). The legitimacy of the European Union through legal rationality: Free movement of third country nationals. Routledge
Keywords EU, law free movement of persons, EU Citizens, third country nationals, area of freedom, security, justice Association Agreements Rationality
Publisher URL http://www.routledge.com

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