Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union

Hardcover | May 15, 1999

EditorHermann Schmitt, Jacques Thomassen

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How severe a problem is what many call the 'democratic deficit' of the European Union? Despite a voluminous theoretical literature dealing with this question, there is hardly any systematic empirical investigation of the effectiveness of the system of political representation in the EU and ofthe legitimacy beliefs of EU citizens that spring from it. This volume elaborates a conceptual framework for the empirical analysis of the alleged democratic deficit. Four dimensions of legitimacy beliefs are identified and analysed: the European political community, the scope of EU government, the institutions and processes of EU government, and EUpolicies. Based upon large-scale representative surveys among the mass publics, and different strata of the political elite of the EU and its member-states, the book examines the conditions of political representation in the EU. The results demonstrate, by and large, that legitimacy beliefs of EU citizensare the more positive, the less specific the object of identification and evaluations is; and that the process of political representation works pretty well as long as issues other than European Union issues are concerned. These findings are finally discussed in view of familiar strategies forinstitutional reform of the European Union.

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How severe a problem is what many call the 'democratic deficit' of the European Union? Despite a voluminous theoretical literature dealing with this question, there is hardly any systematic empirical investigation of the effectiveness of the system of political representation in the EU and ofthe legitimacy beliefs of EU citizens that s...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:May 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Jacques Thomassen and Hermann Schmitt: Introduction: Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European UnionPART I: LEGITIMACY2. Angelika Scheuer: A Political Community?3. Lieven De Winter and Marc Swyngedouw: The Scope of EU Government4. Pippa Norris: Support for the Political Regime5. Michael Marsh: Policy SupportPART II: PEPRESENTATION6. Hermann Schmitt and Jacques Thomassen: Distinctiveness and Cohesion of Political Parties7. The Cognitive Basis of Voting8. Cees Van der Eijk, Mark N. Franklin, and Wouter Van der Brug: Policy Representation and Party Choice9. Jacques Thomassen and Hermann Schmitt: Issue Congruence10. Bernhard Wessels: Whom to Represent? Role Orientation of Legislators in Europe11. Soren Holmberg: Wishful Thinking Among European Parliamentarians12. Jacques Thomassen and Hermann Schmitt: In Conclusion: Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union