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Bringing the Citizen Back In: The Case of the IGC 1996. IHS Political Science Series 63, July 1999

Melchior, Josef (1999) Bringing the Citizen Back In: The Case of the IGC 1996. IHS Political Science Series 63, July 1999. [Working Paper]

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    The study investigates how the European Council, the Commission, the European Parliament, the Reflection Group and the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) 1996 conceptualised the relationship between the European Union and the citizens. Given the vague and undefined goal of “bringing the European Union closer to its citizens” the study identifies and compares the strategies of the different actors in this respect. The study shows that quite different approaches were adopted by the actors involved. Tensions exist between strategies which put emphasis on input in contrast to output oriented measures and between approaches which aim at promoting a single “community of European citizens” in contrast to a “European community of national citizens”. The study argues that, although these approaches seem to conflict, in fact, they could be reconciled. The last part of the study substantiates this claim by exploring the potentials and limits of strategies of promoting a European community of citizens in the societal, political, and cultural spheres.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > IGC 1996
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Institute for Advanced Studies (Vienna), Department of Political Science > IHS Political Science Series
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2011 12:26
    Number of Pages: 70
    Last Modified: 18 Oct 2011 12:26

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