Picture of Open Access badges

Discover Open Access research at Strathprints

It's International Open Access Week, 24-30 October 2016. This year's theme is "Open in Action" and is all about taking meaningful steps towards opening up research and scholarship. The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs. Explore recent world leading Open Access research content by University of Strathclyde researchers and see how Strathclyde researchers are committing to putting "Open in Action".


Image: h_pampel, CC-BY

Incomplete sovereignty : The British house of commons and the completion of the internal market in the European Communities

Judge, David (1988) Incomplete sovereignty : The British house of commons and the completion of the internal market in the European Communities. Parliamentary Affairs, 41 (4). pp. 441-455.

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)


Two orthodoxies have been close to the heart of the British state since the mid-19th century. The first is a theory of liberal political economy of free trade and free market transactions; the second is a liberal theory of the constitution of parliamentary sovereignty. Both came to ascendancy in the middle decades of the last century, and both have exerted hegemonic influence in subsequent economic and constitutional discourse. Their rise to hegemony was interconnected as the embryonic liberal democratic state assisted the development of the liberal political economy and, in turn, the latter helped to ensure the stability and expansion of the former. Over the past century, however, both orthodoxies have faced substantial theoretical and empirical challenges, yet, both remain, in diffefent ways, hegemonic. But now, whilst remaining interconnected, the congruity, which was so marked in the mid-19th century, has been replaced by asymmetry whereby free trade and parliamentary sovereignty now appear counterposed. The clearest manifestation of this asymmetry is to be found in the discussion of the European Communities (Amendment) Act in the British House of Commons in 1986 and the implementation of the Single European Act. Why this counterposition has occurred is the major issue to be addressed in this article.