Closing the Community Deficit in the EU

CEPS Policy Brief No. 169

8 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2009

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: September 9, 2008


This paper argues that the main challenge currently facing the EU is a community deficit: the low valuation the majority of its citizens accord the evolving collectivity. To deal with this community deficit, the author, Amitai Etzioni, warns that the EU must either introduce strong measures of community building or else significantly scale back its plans for collective action.

He first cites illustrative data to show that there is a considerable level of disaffection from the EU project and the EU institutions and then turns to examine the first set of measures needed to reduce the strain on the EU by scaling back for the near future those provisions that alienate many citizens. He then introduces a second set of measures that are needed to build up citizens' commitment to the EU, by fostering public dialogue, developing a common European media and language, and holding EU-wide election.

Keywords: Reform of EU Institutions

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Closing the Community Deficit in the EU (September 9, 2008). CEPS Policy Brief No. 169 . Available at SSRN: or

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

The George Washington University ( email )

2100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 4058
Washington, DC 20037
United States

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