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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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Conclusions

Conclusions

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(p.231) 7 Conclusions
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The European Union and the People
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Mette Elise Jolly

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213078.003.0007

Seen in the light of the absent demos, majoritarian government at EU level is not feasible except in areas where a common good can be identified (such as environmental policy). With respect to policy, this means that the EU will have to avoid deepening integration in a number of areas, most importantly personal income taxation and social policy. With respect to institutions, it means that reformers should not seek to democratize the union by granting increased powers to the European Parliament. Such measures would be likely to lead to a further loss of democratic legitimacy.

Keywords:   EU constitutional treaty, nation states, supranational institutions, EU reform, referendum, democracy, redistributive policies

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