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The European Union. Democratic Legitimacy in a Regional State? IHS Political Science Series: 2003, No. 91

Schmidt, Vivien (2003) The European Union. Democratic Legitimacy in a Regional State? IHS Political Science Series: 2003, No. 91. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    The ‘democratic deficit’ represents a greater problem for EU member-states individually than for the EU as a whole. Legitimacy for the EU is problematic mainly if it is contrasted with a national democracy such as the US, which has finality as a nation-state and legitimacy predicated on government ‘by, of, and for the people’ as well as ‘with the people’. Instead, the EU is best considered as a regional state, with divided sovereignty, variable boundaries, multiple levels and modes of governance, composite identity, and an incomplete democracy in which government for and with the people is emphasized over and above government by and of the people. This puts special burdens on national politics and demands better discourse to legitimize the changes in national polities.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Discourse; EU member-states; regional state.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > democracy/democratic deficit
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > legitimacy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Institute for Advanced Studies (Vienna), Department of Political Science > IHS Political Science Series
    Depositing User: Elisabet Torggler
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2003
    Page Range: p. 34
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:16
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/882

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