Democracy, Legitimacy, and the European Parliament

Roger Scully

in The State of the European Union

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297574
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598982 | DOI:
Democracy, Legitimacy, and the European Parliament

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This chapter examines the policy impact and level of support enjoyed by the European Parliament (EP). The EP has failed to secure deep-rooted support among the European public and significant sectors of the political elite. It is a ‘vulnerable’ legislature without a solid constituency of support, rendering its hard-won policy prerogatives subject to future challenges. This vulnerability is attributed to its inability to generate a sense of democratic legitimacy for the EU as a whole.

Keywords: European Parliament; legislature; European Union; democracy; legitimacy

Chapter.  7535 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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