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Power and Legitimacy: Reconciling Europe and the Nation-State

Peter L. Lindseth


The implications of European integration for national democracy, representative government, and constitutionalism are well known. Nevertheless, as the events of the first decade of the present century have made clear, the European Union's (EU's) complex system of governance has been unable to achieve a democratic or constitutional legitimacy in its own right. This book traces the roots of this paradox to integration's dependence on the ‘postwar constitutional settlement of administrative governance’ on the national level. Supranational policymaking has relied on various forms of oversight from ... More

Keywords: European integration, representative government, administrative governance, democratic legitimacy, constitutional legitimacy, postwar constitutional settlement, administrative governance, oversight, regulatory power, delegation, mediated legitimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195390148
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter L. Lindseth, author