Policies, Institutions, and the Euro: Dilemmas of Legitimacy

Amy Verdun and Thomas Christiansen

in After the Euro

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198296393
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599002 | DOI:
 Policies, Institutions, and the Euro: Dilemmas of Legitimacy

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Whereas in democratic national systems institutions are legitimated by a political community, at the European level institutions are constructed in order to produce such a community. As a result, institutions like monetary union run a risk of having low popular legitimacy. The authors use this issue to consider the general problem of EU legitimacy.

Keywords: democracy; euro; European monetary union; European Union; institutions; legitimacy; political community

Chapter.  7701 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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