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The European Union and the People

Mette Elise Jolly


The European Union is frequently accused of having a ‘democratic deficit’. Many commentators argue that this could be remedied by increasing the powers of the European Parliament relative to those of the Council and the Commission. The fact that the European Parliament is the only EU institution whose members are directly elected leads to the assumption that it is also the most legitimate. This book argues that this position is based on the flawed assumption that the nature of European citizenry is similar to those of the member states. In other words, the position assumes that the union has a ... More

Keywords: European Parliament, Council, Commission, European citizenry, democratic legitimacy, pan-European solidarity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199213078
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213078.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mette Elise Jolly, author
Lecturer in Politics, The Hansard Society, London