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Governing in Europe: Effective and Democratic?

Fritz Scharpf


The problem-solving capacity, and hence the democratic legitimacy, of national governments is being weakened by the dual processes of legal and economic integration in Europe. This loss is not fully compensated by the development of effective and legitimate problem-solving capabilities at the European level. This book examines the normative underpinnings of democratic legitimacy and the structural asymmetry between the effectiveness of the legal instruments of ‘negative integration’ which prevents governments from interfering with the free movement of goods, services, capital, and persons and ... More

Keywords: legal integration, economic integration, Europe, democratic legitimacy, negative integration, welfare state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198295457
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fritz Scharpf, author
Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
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