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Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union$
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Hermann Schmitt and Jacques Thomassen

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296614

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198296614.001.0001

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In Conclusion: Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union

In Conclusion: Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union

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Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union
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Hermann Schmitt (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198296614.003.0012

The purpose of this book is to expand knowledge of political representation in the EU and of the legitimacy of its political order. In this concluding chapter, a summary is given of what has been learned on these two subjects and what this says about the EU as a developing democratic political system. The hypothesis that a well‐functioning system of political representation is a precondition for a legitimate democratic political system serves as the leading theme. The chapter, therefore, first tries to evaluate the quality of the system of political representation of the EU, and from there continues with what has been learned about the legitimacy of the Union.

Keywords:   EU, legitimacy, political representation

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