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Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union$
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Hermann Schmitt and Jacques Thomassen

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296614

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198296614.001.0001

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The Scope of EU Government

The Scope of EU Government

(p.47) 3 The Scope of EU Government
Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union

Lieven De Winter

Marc Swyngedouw

Oxford University Press

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

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