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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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Identity and solidarity

Identity and solidarity

(p.77) 2 Identity and solidarity
Transnational Networking and Elite Self-Empowerment

Cristina E. Parau

British Academy

This chapter identifies the Network’s definite boundaries in the sharing of collective identities amongst legal professionals and transnational elites, together with its culture of consensus; all of which serve to keep out interlopers, dampen internal conflict and the impact of veto players, and consolidate power to move the outside world. These identities consist in the solidarity of like-minded, thus transnationally networked, legal professional elites who coalesce in order to build world peace, first through international law and latterly through the supranational organs of European integration. Shared identity and solidarity are necessary for elite collective agency, without which the Network Community can cause nothing to happen in public affairs.

Keywords:   collective identity, culture of consensus, elite solidarity, transnational networks, world peace, international law, supranational organs, European integration

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