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Normative Theory and the EU: Between Contract and Community

EUROPEAN INTEGRATION THEORY, 2ND EDITION, pp. 198-220, Thomas Dietz, A. Wiener, eds., Oxford University Press

23 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2009 Last revised: 19 Jan 2010

Richard Bellamy

University College London - Department of Political Science; European University Institute

Claudia Attucci

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 7, 2009

Abstract

The question of the EU’s normative legitimacy remains a live policy issue and not just a matter of academic concern. Roughly speaking, two broad approaches have been adopted towards the problem, both in the literature and in practice. The first stresses the justice, as opposed to the efficiency and productiveness, of outcomes and the structures that lead to them (e.g. Van Parijs 1997b). By contrast, the second stresses the processes by which decisions are made and the degree to which citizens can be said to identify with them and each other (e.g. Føllesdal 2006a). Neither approach entirely ignores the concerns of the other. However, the one tends to read process through outcomes, the second outcomes through process. While outcome theories have been predominately contractarian and adopted a ‘rationalist’ ontology, process theories have tended towards the communitarian and employed an ‘interpretative’ ontology (Taylor 1995, Dobson 2006) - with a number of theories, arguably like the EU itself, hovering tantalizingly betwixt and between (Bellamy and Castiglione 1997). This chapter explores all three approaches.

Keywords: EU, Constitutionalism, Democracy, Citizenship Rawls, Habermas. Miller

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Bellamy, Richard and Attucci, Claudia, Normative Theory and the EU: Between Contract and Community (December 7, 2009). EUROPEAN INTEGRATION THEORY, 2ND EDITION, pp. 198-220, Thomas Dietz, A. Wiener, eds., Oxford University Press. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1519915

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Claudia Attucci

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