Legitimating the European Union

Aspirations, Inputs and Performance

  • Janet Mather

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 179-233

About this book


This is a study in EU legitimacy from the perspective of EU citizens. Mather argues that legitimacy is empirical: 'legitimacy only exists if people feel that it does' and that the EU is a unique and dynamic institution, hence legitimating factors are also evolutionary.


democracy Europe European Union European Union (EU) representative democracy

Authors and affiliations

  • Janet Mather
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  1. 1.Department of Politics and PhilosophyManchester Metropolitan UniversityUK

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