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The State of the European UnionRisks, Reform, Resistance, and Revival$
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Maria Green Cowles and Michael Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198297572.001.0001

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Democracy, Legitimacy, and the European Parliament

Democracy, Legitimacy, and the European Parliament

(p.228) 12 Democracy, Legitimacy, and the European Parliament
The State of the European Union

Roger Scully

Oxford University Press

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

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