EU’s Raison D’Être: Leadership, Democracy - Or Both? Reflections on G. De Burca and J. Weiler

Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 7-8

2 Pages Posted: 15 May 2012

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

What is at stake when the EU suffers from a legitimacy deficit, and what should be done about it? As always, Gráinne de Búrca and J H H Weiler identify and illuminate central issues of concern. de Búrca adroitly pinpoints a crux of the legitimacy debates in Europe: how to secure sufficient deference to EU decisions by citizens and national authorities. She is surely right to remind us that the EU’s legitimacy neither can nor should be based simply or primarily on democratic process legitimacy. But her pessimism may be premature, and her proposal of the EU as a global actor, whilst attractive, is not yet an obvious part of the solution.

Suggested Citation

Follesdal, Andreas, EU’s Raison D’Être: Leadership, Democracy - Or Both? Reflections on G. De Burca and J. Weiler (2012). Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 7-8 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2059857 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2059857

Andreas Follesdal (Contact Author)

Pluricourts ( email )

P.O. Box 6706
St. Olavs plass 5
0130 Oslo
Norway

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