The European Union and the People by Mette Elise JollyThe European Union and the People by Mette Elise Jolly

The European Union and the People

byMette Elise Jolly

Hardcover | May 24, 2007

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The European Union is frequently accused of having a 'democratic deficit'. Many commentators argue that this could be remedied by increasing the powers of the European Parliament relative to those of the Council and the Commission. The fact that the European Parliament is the only EUinstitution whose members are directly elected leads to the assumption that it is also the most legitimate. The author argues that this position is based on the flawed assumption that the nature of the European citizenry is similar to those of the member states. In other words, the position assumesthat the union has a demos, or a people, who are prepared to accept majority outcomes even when finding themselves in the minority. In this book the author argues that this is not the case and that the most severe dimension of the democracy problem is not procedural, but socio-psychological. Thefact that the EU does not have a people means that establishing an EU-wide democracy based on analogies to domestic political systems is likely to lead to a further loss of democratic legitimacy. The EU can rely on output legitimacy in policy areas which do not require pan-European solidarity andidentity and in which policy-making at EU-level increases efficiency and thereby benefits all citizens. However, policy areas which require high levels of solidarity or a common identity should either remain fully within the nation states, or be subject to intergovernmental rather than supranationaldecision-making at EU-level.
Mette Jolly was awarded her Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham where she taught politics from 2000-2005. She currently teaches politics and public policy at the Hansard Society's Scholars Programme in London
Title:The European Union and the PeopleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:May 24, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199213070

ISBN - 13:9780199213078

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