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"Legitimising European integration: Perspectives and discourses of legitimacy in the European Union"

Drake, Helen. (1997) "Legitimising European integration: Perspectives and discourses of legitimacy in the European Union". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    In the would-be policy of the European Union (EU), legitimacy is experienced as a problematical phenomenon. It is frequently treated as synonymous with 'democracy,' yet the EU's design is such that, in theory, legitimacy in the EU derives not only from formal, democratic representation, but from norms of rationality, efficiency and bureaucracy. This paper marshals and classifies the existing and contrasting politico-legal approaches to legitimacy in the EU context with the aim of establishing a set of parameters according to which the legitimacy of the EU's institutions, and the integration process and its outcomes, can be both appraised and compared with the legitimation of politics in other political systems.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > legitimacy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 26
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

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