Policy, Subsidiarity, and Legitimacy

Richard Sinnott

in Public Opinion and Internationalized Governance

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294764
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600005 | DOI:

Series: Beliefs in Government

 Policy, Subsidiarity, and Legitimacy

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This chapter examines the theoretical processes by which policy issues become internationalized, and uses set theory to examine their inter relationships. It then examines the evidence by which to measure the extent to which public opinion looks to the national level of governance, operating under the principle of subsidiarity, rather than the European Community level, to tackle a particular type of policy issue or range of issues. The analysis suggests that the legitimacy of internationalized governance is a highly differentiated matter which varies from one policy area to another. It depends, moreover, on the relationship between, on the one hand, public perceptions and expectations and, on the other, the nature of the problems being confronted and the claims of the EC or other agency of internationalized governance. The analysis supports a recurring theme of this book, that orientations towards internationalized governance are highly differentiated by time and country, and by institutional and policy sectors.

Keywords: European Community; legitimacy; public opinion; subsidiarity

Chapter.  9645 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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