Systems of Political Meaning Underlying EU Law

This paper aims to outline the conceptual grounding and methodological feasibility of analyzing EU law against the concepts of political culture underlying it. More precisely, it aims to point out what it signifies to study EU law as an expression of meaningful forms of political existence rather only as an instantiation of first order principles or a mere epiphenomenon of commodified relations of production. This is not to say EU law cannot be measured against an idealist version of itself or against the material reality that it is based on. It is simply to clarify that there is more to EU law, in that it reflects as well as constitutes a system of meaning by which EU citizens make, or can make, sense of their lived political reality.