The European Union, the Political Class, and the People

Vernon Bogdanor

in Elitism, Populism, and European Politics

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198280354
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599422 | DOI:
 The European Union, the Political Class, and the People

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General goodwill and opinion poll enthusiasm for the European Union, which are decreasing, have not translated into support in referendums or high turnouts in European elections that are not transnational elections but national contests. The absence of a common European consciousness accords priority to the pursuit of national self‐interest. Despite its increasing role, the European Parliament, operating as a consensual legislature, cannot secure accountability of the European executives. The adoption of uniform electoral procedures to the European Parliament may contribute to public support for integration.

Keywords: accountability; European consciousness; European elections; European integration; European Parliament; European Union; national interest; referendum

Chapter.  8163 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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