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Legitimacy in the Multi-level European Polity

Fritz W. Scharpf

in The Twilight of Constitutionalism?

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585007
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723469 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585007.003.0005

Series: Oxford Constitutional Theory

Legitimacy in the Multi-level European Polity

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This chapter develops a theoretical framework which distinguishes between the sources for legitimation in European politics, which lies entirely within the state, and the exercise of public authority, which by contrast is often located on the European level. The model of a two-level polity imposes specific limits to the legitimacy of EU institutional action.

Keywords: European politics; state; public authority; institutional action; legitimation

Chapter.  15582 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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