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Beyond the CrisisThe Governance of Europe's Economic, Political and Legal Transformation$
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Mark Dawson, Henrik Enderlein, and Christian Joerges

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198752868

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198752868.001.0001

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Europe’s Legitimacy in the Crisis

Europe’s Legitimacy in the Crisis

(p.167) 10 Europe’s Legitimacy in the Crisis
Beyond the Crisis

Christian Joerges

Oxford University Press

Economic governance and institutional transformation, the focus of the previous two parts of this volume, are not only interdependent but also inextricably intertwined with the legitimacy problématique of the European integration project. The functioning and governance of markets cannot be insulated from social concerns and the claims of citizens, while the functioning of the European Union’s institutional configuration depends on the integrity of these institutions and their trustworthiness in the minds of European citizens. ‘Legitimacy’ is a notion that reminds us of the need to fill the normative and empirical gaps exposed by the first two parts of this volume. This third part seeks, then, to provide an orientation for understanding legitimacy and its erosion, and to explore how legitimacy as an asset may regain strength.

Keywords:   legitimacy, European integration, European citizens, integrity, European Union, social concerns, trustworthiness

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