The Struggle for EU Legitimacy

Public Contestation, 1950–2005

  • Claudia Schrag Sternberg

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)

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Introduction

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.

 

Keywords

constitution crisis management democracy EU Politics Europe European Institutions European Union European Union (EU) Governance Government Institution participation

Authors and affiliations

  • Claudia Schrag Sternberg
    • 1
  1. 1.European InstituteUniversity College LondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137327840
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Political & Intern. Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-46025-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-32784-0
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