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4 Eur. L.J. 1 (1998)

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European Law Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1, March 1998, pp. 1-4
C Blackwell Publishers Ltd. 1998, 108 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JF, UK
and 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148, USA


                               Francis  Snyder

'Thank you' are the first words of this Editorial. As founder of the ELJ, and also
personally, I would like to thank Blackwells our publishers and  the European
University Institute and its Law Department for their support in helping us to launch
the ELJ.
  First, Blackwells, and in particular Sue Corbett and her team, have been model
publishers: helpful, skilful, patient, and constantly supportive of our efforts to
introduce a new  approach  to scholarship on European  Union  law. Second, the
European University Institute made a financial contribution for the first three years of
the EL/s  existence to the costs of copy-editing, preparation of bibliographies, and
related expenditure involved in creating a new academic journal. Together with the
funds provided by Blackwells, this seed money has been indispensable in helping us to
produce a new kind of European law journal, and one which students, academics, and
others seem to look forward to reading. I wish to express my personal gratitude to the
late Emile NoMl, who was  President of the EUI when  the ELJ began, and  to Dr
Patrick Masterson, the current President of the EUI, for their wholehearted support
of the ELJ. Third, but not least, the EUI Law Department generously agreed about
two years ago to contribute half of one of its Jean Monnet Fellowships in order to
attract someone who in addition to carrying out his or her own research as a JMF
would  assume  the role of Managing  Editor of the European Law  Journal. This
arrangement started with the current Managing Editor, and I am very glad to be able
to acknowledge the contribution of the Jean Monnet Fellowship and the support of
the EUI Law Department  in helping us to put into practice our vision of what exciting
scholarship on European Union law should be about.
  This issue of the ELJ, we hope, exemplifies this same vision. The article by Majone
addresses two of the central questions in current debates regarding the future of the
European  Union: First, how can we best conceive of the European Union? In the
terms of a constitutional discourse (which, on my reading, Majone does not necessarily
reject), what is the most useful heuristic model for imagining the constitution of the
European  Union? In other words, bearing in mind that Majone is concerned with the
European  Community, not the European Union, how  should we think of the EC/EU
as a developing polity or, at least, as part of a developing policy? This last phrase, of
course, pinpoints one of the main issues: is the EC/EU to be conceived as such, on its
own, or should we think of the polity as being composed of both the EC/EU and the
Member   States taking both the former and the latter together, and if so, how? The
second and  related question is: how is the EC/EU to be legitimated? Is there a
'democratic deficit' in the EC/EU, and in precisely which respects? The answers to
these questions depend crucially on our response to the first question.

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