chapter  2
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European law: Constructing a liberal society by jurisdiction

Research on European integration is largely in the hands of political science and legal scholarship (Mattli 1999; Rosamond 2000). Sociology still has to find its proper place in this research field. What makes the difference of a genuinely sociological approach to European integration is its focus on the deeper structural changes resulting from this process. Of central interest is the change of the structure of solidarity and justice that is taking place. To find an answer to this question is the task addressed in this chapter (cf. Frerichs 2008).