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Legitimating the European Union

Aspirations, Inputs and Performance


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Janet Mather
    Pages 1-8
  3. Janet Mather
    Pages 114-142
  4. Janet Mather
    Pages 143-169
  5. Janet Mather
    Pages 170-178
  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

  1. 1.Department of Politics and PhilosophyManchester Metropolitan UniversityUK

About the authors

JANET MATHER is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She is the author of The European Union and British Democracy: Towards Convergence, and a number of journal articles. She has also contributed chapters to books edited by Neill Nugent, Juliet Lodge and Michael O'Neill amongst others.

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