The European legal area: beyond ‘comparative law’?

Too often the literature about ‘comparative administrative law’ considers European legal systems similarly to what may be done with regard to the legal systems of different regions of the globe. This way of looking at administrative law is questionable, first, because it neglects that the European legal area is characterized by the existence of both national and common constitutional traditions; second, because it underestimates the interaction between horizontal and vertical links between legal systems; third, because all this requires a methodological shift concerning legal comparison.