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The Quest for a European Public Sphere: News Media and Democratic Legitimacy

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Part of the Transformations of the State book series (TRST)

Abstract

Democratic legitimacy of political orders and political decisions depends on the consent of the governed. This almost common-sensical proposition suggests that

legitimacy requires that people have beliefs about a political order that motivate them to support that order in some way, to accept obligations towards it and to act mainly according to its rules. These beliefs and attitudes should also correspond to public opinion and be articulated in public discourse.1

Keywords

European Union Public Sphere Public Discourse Democratic Legitimacy Horizontal Integration 
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