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The European Union and the People$
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Mette Elise Jolly

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213078.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The European Union and the People

Mette Elise Jolly

Oxford University Press

The introductory chapter discusses the asymmetry between elite and popular views about supranational government, in general, and European integration, in particular. It introduces the fundamental questions raised in the book, i.e., what the lack of a European demos means for the future institutional structure of the union. In the final part of the chapter, the particular problems facing the EU are linked to a wider international issue, namely the problems that arise when attempts are made to take democracy beyond the nation-state.

Keywords:   European integration, transnational government, constitutional treaty, nation states, the public, supranational institutions, convention

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