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Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union - Hermann Schmitt

Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union

By: Hermann Schmitt (Editor), Jacques Thomassen (Editor)

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Published: 1st August 1999
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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 of the 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 EU policies. 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 citizens are 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 for institutional reform of the European Union.

1: Jacques Thomassen and Hermann Schmitt: Introduction: Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union PART I: LEGITIMACY 2: Angelika Scheuer: A Political Community? 3: Lieven De Winter and Marc Swyngedouw: The Scope of EU Government 4: Pippa Norris: Support for the Political Regime 5: Michael Marsh: Policy Support PART II: PEPRESENTATION 6: Hermann Schmitt and Jacques Thomassen: Distinctiveness and Cohesion of Political Parties 7: The Cognitive Basis of Voting 8: Cees Van der Eijk, Mark N. Franklin, and Wouter Van der Brug: Policy Representation and Party Choice 9: Jacques Thomassen and Hermann Schmitt: Issue Congruence 10: Bernhard Wessels: Whom to Represent? Role Orientation of Legislators in Europe 11: Sören Holmberg: Wishful Thinking Among European Parliamentarians 12: Jacques Thomassen and Hermann Schmitt: In Conclusion: Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union

ISBN: 9780198296614
ISBN-10: 0198296614
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.5  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.49