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Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union

Hermann Schmitt and Jacques Thomassen


How severe a problem is what many call the ‘democratic deficit’ of the EU? Despite a voluminous theoretical literature dealing with this question, there is hardly any systematic empirical investigation of the effectiveness of the system of political representation in the EU, and of the legitimacy beliefs of EU citizens that spring from it. This book elaborates a conceptual framework for the empirical analysis of the alleged democratic deficit. Four dimensions of legitimacy beliefs are identified and analysed: the European political community; the scope of EU government; the institutions and pr ... More

Keywords: democratic deficit, European political community, European Representation Study, EU government, EU, institutional reform, institutions of EU government, legitimacy, political representation, processes of EU government, scope of EU government

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Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198296614
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198296614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hermann Schmitt, editor
Mannheim University
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Jacques Thomassen, editor
University of Twenty
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Part I Legitimacy

2 A Political Community?

Angelika Scheuer

3 The Scope of EU Government

Lieven De Winter and Marc Swyngedouw

4 The Political Regime

Pippa Norris

5 Policy Performance

Michael Marsh

Part II Representation

6 Distinctiveness and Cohesion of Parties

Hermann Schmitt and Jacques Thomassen

7 The Cognitive Basis of Voting

Wouter van der Brug and Cees van der Eijk

8 Policy Preferences and Party Choice

Cees van der Eijk, Mark N. Franklin, and Wouter van der Brug

9 Issue Congruence

Jacques Thomassen and Hermann Schmitt