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The Scope of EU Government

Lieven De Winter and Marc Swyngedouw

in Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296614
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600227 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296614.003.0003
 The Scope of EU Government

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This chapter is the second of four on the question of legitimacy in the EU, and deals with the scope of government in the EU. The first part of the chapter examines to what extent and for which policy sectors European citizens allocate decision‐making responsibilities to the different levels of government—the EU, the national state, and regional authorities. The second part tests a set of hypotheses concerning the structural and attitudinal characteristics that affect differences in preferences for levels of government. The last part of the chapter examines to what extent citizens’ preferences on decision‐making levels are congruent with those of their elected representatives who can (co‐)decide on potential future shifts of competencies between the national states and the EU.

Keywords: decision‐making; elected representatives; European citizens; EU; EU government; legitimacy; legitimacy; levels of government; policy sectors; preferences

Chapter.  9609 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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