No ode to joy? Reflections on the European Union's legitimacy

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Longo, Michael and Murray, Philomena (2011) No ode to joy? Reflections on the European Union's legitimacy. International Politics, 48 (6). pp. 667-690. ISSN 1384-5748 (print) 1740-3898 (online)


This article analyses the European Union's (EU) lack of legitimacy for European citizens. It examines the expanding credibility gap of the EU since the Treaty of Lisbon Irish referendums in 2008 and 2009. Although there are various reasons for the EU's lack of legitimacy, this article proposes the failure of the EU to penetrate the domestic public or social spheres and the dearth of opportunities for citizen participation in EU governance as primary factors. The article then considers risks associated with the current euro crisis, drawing lessons from the largely ignored sociological and political factors that impact on its resolution.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1057/ip.2011.29
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords ResPubID24367, ResPubID24887, ResPubID24367, Lisbon, referendum, eurozone, European Union's, legitimacy, crisis
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