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Democracy in Europe: The EU and National Polities

Vivien A. Schmidt


This book focuses on the impact of European integration on national democracies. It argues that the democratic deficit is indeed a problem, but not so much at the level of the European Union per se as at the national level. This is because national leaders and publics have yet to come to terms with the institutional impact of the EU on the traditional workings of their national democracies. The book begins with a discussion of what the EU is — a new form ofregional statein which sovereignty is shared, boundaries are variable, identity composite, and democracy fragmented. But the main focus of ... More

Keywords: EU, national democracies, European integration, simple polities, compound polities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199266975
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vivien A. Schmidt, author
Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations, Boston University
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