Constitutional courts and transnational solidarity conflicts

The research project reconstructs conflicts over distribution and recognition within the EU, which have intensified during the Eurozone-crisis, as transnational solidarity conflicts. It analyzes particularly the role national and European constitutional courts play in these conflicts.

Conflict and conflict resolution

The Eurozone crisis is accompanied by a politicization of European governance. Transnational solidarity conflicts, which were pacified for a long time within the paradigm of a permissive consensus, have now developed a new quality. The tsc-project analyzes how these conflicts might be articulated and if constitutional courts may resolve them productively.

Research material

The research projects deals with the role of constitutional and apex courts in Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain as well as on the EU-level. It analyzes more than 100 judgements with regard to their management of transnational solidarity conflicts in the context of the Eurozone crisis.

Research aims

The tsc-project pursues three research aims: (1) to describe the dynamics of transnational solidarity conflicts and the institutional possibilities of their articulation; (2) to understand the consequences of tsc in the deep structures of national constitutional law; (3) to provide a normative yardstick for the role of constitutional courts in tsc.


The research project is affiliated at the Goethe-University Frankfurt and will be conducted in an intensive collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. It was launched on the 1st of March 2017 and is scheduled for five years.
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Dr. Marius Hildebrand

Dr. Marius Hildebrand is a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Erfurt. Previously, he was a research associate in the research group "Transnational Solidarity Conflicts" at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Marius Hildebrand studied political science, Romance studies, and geography in Dresden, Granada, and Freiburg and received his PhD in sociology from the University of Hamburg in 2016 with a hegemony-theoretical thesis on Euroscepticism and right-wing populism in Switzerland. Subsequently, he was a visiting scholar at the Collaborative Research Center 138 "Dynamics of Security. Forms of securitization in historical perspective" at both the Universities of Marburg and Giessen. His research interests are: General Sociology, Political Theory, theories of democracy, conflict and discourse analysis. Based on the research project, his habilitation deals with the perception of constitutional courts as well as with the symbolic dimension of constitution in the context of the European economic and financial crisis.


Contact: marius.hildebrand[@]


Selected Publications:

  • Politisierung des Wissens. Gesellschaftliche Grundlagen und politische Folgen von Wissenskonflikten in polarisierten Welten. Eine Einführung, in: DGS (Hg.) Verhandlungsband des 41. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, 2023 (with Sebastian Büttner und Thomas Laux).

  • Unravelling the Politicisation-Depoliticisation Nexus of Decontestatory Politics During the Euro-Crisis, in Farahat, Anuscheh und Arzoz, Xabier (Hrsg.): Contesting Austerity. A Socio-Legal Inquiry, 2021, Oxford: Hart, S. 56-78.

  • Demokratie für Deutschland, Austerität für Europa? Grenzen der Solidarität im der Rechtsprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts, in WSI-Mitteilungen, 05/2020, S. 368-367 (with Anuscheh Farahat).

  • Populistische Kontestation als nationalkonservative Anti-Politik. Die SVP und die Hegemonisierung des Schweizer Sonderfalls, in: Kim, Seongcheol/Agridopoulos, Aristotelis (Hg.): Populismus, Diskurs, Staat, Baden-Baden, 2020, S. 191-211.
  • ‘One heart for another nation’. Linke Intellektuelle beobachten die Konjunktur ethno-populistischer Politisierungen als Kehrseite neoliberalen Regierens und entdecken die Nation für sich‘, in: Soziologische Revue, 42, 3(2019), S. 418-439.
  • Emanzipation und Demokratie jenseits der Aporien eines anti-soziologischen Egalitarismus. Ernesto Laclaus politische Ontologie als Antwort auf Jacques Rancières Soziologiekritik, in: T. Linpinsel /I. Lim, (Hg.), Gleichheit, Politik und Polizei: Jacques Rancière und die Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden, 2018, S. 9-29.
  • Post-foundationalism and the Possibility of Critique: Comparing Laclau and Mouffe, in: Marttila, Thomas (Hg.), Discourse, Culture and Organization: Inquiries into Relational Structures of Power, Basingstoke, 2018, S. 323-342. (with Astrid Séville).
  • Rechtspopulismus und Hegemonie. Der Aufstieg der SVP und die diskursive Transformation der politischen Schweiz, Bielefeld, 2017.
  • Populismus oder agonale Demokratie. Bruchlinien der theoretischen Symbiose von Laclau und Mouffe, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 56/1, 2015, S. 27–43 (with Astrid Séville).
  • The Negation of Power. From Structuration Theory to the Third Way, Distinktion – Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, 13/2, 2012, S. 187–207 (with Conrad Lluis-Martell).



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