The Struggle for EU Legitimacy

Author: Claudia Sternberg
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137327840
Release Date: 2013-08-08
Genre: Political Science

This award-winning book answers some of the big questions on the legitimacy of the European Union. Specifically, it looks at what it would mean for the EU to be considered a legitimate body and where our ideas on this question come from. The Struggle for EU Legitimacy traces the history of constructions and contestations of the EU's legitimacy, in discourses of the European institutions and in public debate. Through an interpretive, non-quantitative textual analysis of an eclectic range of sources, it examines both long-term patterns in EU-official discourses and their reception in member-state public spheres, specifically in the German and French debates on the Maastricht and Constitutional Draft Treaties. The story told portrays the history of legitimating the EU as a continuous contest over the ends and goals of integration, as well as a balancing act—which was inescapable given the nature of the integration project—between 'bringing the people in' and 'keeping them out'. In addition, it was a balancing act between actively politicizing and deliberately de-politicizing the stakes of EU politics.

The Legitimacy of Regional Integration in Europe and the Americas

Author: Achim Hurrelmann
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137457004
Release Date: 2015-10-29
Genre: Political Science

Based on cutting-edge research, this edited volume examines how citizens and political elites perceive the legitimacy of regional integration in Europe and the Americas. It analyses public opinion and political discourse on the EU, NAFTA and MERCOSUR, arguing that legitimation patterns shape the development of regional governance.

Re thinking Europe

Author: Yoeri Albrecht
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9789048533084
Release Date: 2016-06-14
Genre: Social Science

What are the characteristics of European culture and identity? In which way can culture contribute to the current crisis of meaning within the EU and Europe? And should we return to the discourse of culture and historical experience in order to find a common ground for Europe? In the run-up to the Forum we will publish an anthology on these urgent questions. A host of prominent and influential thinkers such as political scientist Ivan Krastev and historians Philipp Blom and Adam Zamoyski have been invited to write essays. Their thoughts are assembled in the anthology Re:Thinking Europe. In addition to these current day reflections, a selection of often overlooked classical texts that have proved fundamental importance for Europe have been curated.

Integrating Indifference

Author: Virginie Van Ingelgom
Publisher: ECPR Press
ISBN: 9781907301483
Release Date: 2014-04-15
Genre: Political Science

Have European citizens become increasingly Eurosceptic over the last two decades, turning their backs on European integration? Though many journalists, politicians and academics argue that they have, this book suggests that reactions to European integration cannot be reduced uniquely to a rise in Euroscepticism, but that indifference and ambivalence need also to be brought into the picture when studying EU legitimacy and its politicisation. Drawing on new evidence from survey data from eight founding member states, and focus groups conducted in francophone Belgium, France and Great Britain, Integrating Indifference explores the various faces of citizens’ indifference, from fatalism, to detachment, via sheer indecision. This book adopts a pioneering mixed-methods approach to analysing the middle-of-the-road attitudes of ordinary citizens who consider themselves neither Europhiles nor Eurosceptics. Complementing existing quantitative and qualitative literature in the field, it opens up new perspectives on attitudes towards European integration.

The Struggle for the European Constitution

Author: Michael O'Neill
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134183371
Release Date: 2008-11-28
Genre: Political Science

The European Union (EU) Constitution was one of the most important developments in the history of the EU, aiming to make the EU more transparent, relevant and accountable to the citizens of its member states. Current anxieties over the pace and direction of EU integration place this comprehensive study at the forefront of the EU governance debate. O’Neill goes far beyond a simple account of the EU Constitution, focussing also on the response to the current crisis of confidence between the Union and its citizens and how those in power have responded to the challenge. Making a substantial contribution to literature on the EU, key discussion points include: The political crisis behind the Constitution The power politics at work in the negotiations How the Constitution affects EU policymaking The impact on the citizens of the EU This is essential reading for all those wishing to understand the background to one of the key areas within European Politics. Michael O’Neill is Jean Monnet Professor in EU Politics at Nottingham Trent University.

Policymaking and Democracy

Author: Stuart S. Nagel
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739104594
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Political Science

Policymaking and Democracy is the first volume of a three-volume set that examines the multi-dimensional role of policy in the development and promotion of democracy, prosperity, and peace. The democracy volume brings together international contributions on the policy challenges faced by national and multinational bodies to promote a democratic political culture and encourage the growth and development of civil society. The work includes chapters on integration and representation within the European Union, the expanding role of NGOs and IGOs, international parliamentary organs, the future of the nation-state in a pluralistic world, and the mportance of global consensus-building.

Debating the democratic legitimacy of the European Union

Author: Beate Kohler-Koch
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN: 0742554910
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Political Science

The discussion about a constitution for the European Union and its rejection by referendum in two of the EU founding member states has once again spurred public and scholarly interest in the democratic quality and potential of the European Union. Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union brings together distinguished thinkers from law, political science, sociology, and political philosophy to explore the potential for democratically legitimate governance in the European Union. Drawing on different theoretical perspectives and strands from democratic theory, this volume is the best resource for students and readers who are interested in democracy in the European Union.

The Normativity of the European Union

Author: E. Eriksen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137391452
Release Date: 2013-12-03
Genre: Political Science

The Normativity of the European Union provides an account of what has made European integration possible. Reconstructing the integration process up to the Eurozone crisis, Eriksen provides novel insight into the conditions for integration and the nature of the EU as well as highlighting why European solidarity has become a moral duty.

Anti Racist Movements in the EU

Author: Stefano Fella
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137284662
Release Date: 2012-11-14
Genre: Political Science

Based on extensive primary research, including interviews with movement and policy actors across six European countries, this book examines anti-racist movements throughout Europe, focusing on how they influence culture and government policy at national and EU level, shedding light on the nature of racism and responses to it across Europe.

Zur Verfassung Europas

Author: Jürgen Habermas
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 9783518770009
Release Date: 2011-11-16
Genre: Fiction

Die anhaltende Euro-Krise sowie die halbherzigen, oft populistischen Reaktionen der Politik lassen ein Scheitern des europäischen Projekts derzeit als reale Möglichkeit erscheinen. In seinem Essay verteidigt Jürgen Habermas Europa gegen die sich ausbreitende Skepsis, der er ein neues überzeugendes Narrativ für die Geschichte und vor allem die Zukunft der Europäischen Union entgegensetzt. Denkblockaden in Bezug auf die Transnationalisierung der Demokratie räumt er aus dem Weg, indem er den Einigungsprozess in den langfristigen Zusammenhang der Verrechtlichung und Zivilisierung staatlicher Gewalt einordnet. An die Politik richtet Jürgen Habermas schließlich den Appell, das bisher hinter verschlossenen Türen betriebene europäische Projekt endlich auf den hemdsärmeligen Modus eines lärmend argumentierenden Meinungskampfes in der breiten Öffentlichkeit umzupolen. Neben diesem Essay zur Verfassung Europas enthält dieser Band den Aufsatz »Das Konzept der Menschenwürde und die realistische Utopie der Menschenrechte« aus dem Jahr 2010 sowie drei Interventionen, die Jürgen Habermas seit dem Ausbruch der Finanzkrise veröffentlicht hat. »Angesichts eines politisch ungesteuerten Komplexitätswachstums der Weltgesellschaft, das den Handlungsspielraum der Nationalstaaten systemisch immer weiter einschränkt, ergibt sich die Forderung, die politischen Handlungsfähigkeiten über nationale Grenzen hinaus zu erweitern, aus dem normativen Sinn der Demokratie selbst.« Jürgen Habermas

The National Parliaments in the European Union

Author: Philipp Kiiver
Publisher: Kluwer Law International B.V.
ISBN: 9789041124524
Release Date: 2006-01-01
Genre: Political Science

Bogen forsøger at belyse balancen mellem national parlamentarisk indflydelse og europæisk integration.

Democracy Legitimacy and the European Union

Author: Christer Karlsson
Publisher: Uppsala Universitet
ISBN: 9155450385
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Political Science

Bogen debatterer hvorvidt den demokratiske kvalitet i EU-beslutningsprocessen er blevet forbedret i takt med institutionens vækst

Mapping the European Public Sphere

Author: Mr Cristiano Bee
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781409499497
Release Date: 2013-03-28
Genre: Political Science

Mapping the European Public Sphere combines theoretical and empirical perspectives to address three relevant issues that are marking the European communicative landscape: the role of media and journalism in shaping the European debate, the function of public communication in promoting institutional activities, and the implications of processes of inclusion to and exclusion from the public sphere. The volume offers a timely reflection on the communicative arenas that are structuring the discourse on Europe and its future and provides a map of existing communicative spaces to provide a better understanding of the development of a European Public Sphere and to identify critical issues. Situated in a timely debate and providing well-grounded empirical evidence, the book will be particularly valuable to social scientists researching European integration issues. At the same time, the book is relevant to those actors who are studied in the research, in particular European institutions, media groups and NGOs.

The European Union beyond the Crisis

Author: Boyka M. Stefanova
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498503488
Release Date: 2014-11-14
Genre: Political Science

This book provides a post-crisis perspective on European politics by studying interactions within and among related domestic and EU political spheres. The contributors focus on political dynamics associated with the policy decisions and outcomes of crisis response in all three domains: EU institutions, public policy, and democratic politics.