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Transnational Networking and Elite Self-EmpowermentThe Making of the Judiciary in Contemporary Europe and Beyond$
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Cristina E. Parau

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266403

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266403.001.0001

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The ambit of the Network Community

The ambit of the Network Community

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(p.41) 1 The ambit of the Network Community
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Transnational Networking and Elite Self-Empowerment
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Cristina E. Parau

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266403.003.0002

This chapter explores the Network Community’s historical antecedents and presents an inventory of its membership and other key resources arisen from networking and constituting the basis of their ambitious expansion. The Community is shown to encompass agents both individual and collective, as well as formal and informal institutions. The core of the Community is made up of elite legal professionals. Associated actors include functionaries in international and supranational organs such as the Council of Europe and the European Commission; an elite minority of national officials and dignitaries; legal academics; officers of philanthropic organizations; even elite media. All these actors network with each other, creating a power resources pool on which they all draw in their pursuit of self-empowering interests, both individual and collective.

Keywords:   Network Community, political elites, Judiciary branch, transnational networks, legal professionals, media, academia, courts, democracy, Council of Europe, European Commission

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