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In Conclusion: Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union

Jacques Thomassen and Hermann Schmitt

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/10.1093/0198296614.003.0012
 In Conclusion: Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union

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The purpose of this book is to expand knowledge of political representation in the EU and of the legitimacy of its political order. In this concluding chapter, a summary is given of what has been learned on these two subjects and what this says about the EU as a developing democratic political system. The hypothesis that a well‐functioning system of political representation is a precondition for a legitimate democratic political system serves as the leading theme. The chapter, therefore, first tries to evaluate the quality of the system of political representation of the EU, and from there continues with what has been learned about the legitimacy of the Union.

Keywords: EU; legitimacy; political representation

Chapter.  4804 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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