E Pluribus Unum? Creative Disagreement About Legitimacy in the EU

20 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2004

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Christopher Lord

University of Leeds; Palgrave Macmillan Ltd

Paul Magnette

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Institute of European Studies

Abstract

This article considers how a plurality of views on how the EU ought to be legitimated may even contribute to its overall legitimacy and not, as is often assumed, to its contestedness as a polity. It draws lessons for the EU from a recent turn in the literature on legitimacy towards analysing political systems as mechanisms for mediating between several views of legitimacy, rather than articulating any one. It identifies a range of views on how the Union ought to be legitimated. It appraises alternative mechanisms for combining or choosing between those views. It concludes with lessons for the constitutional development of the Union.

Suggested Citation

Lord, Christopher and Magnette, Paul, E Pluribus Unum? Creative Disagreement About Legitimacy in the EU. Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 42, pp. 183-202, March 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=513657

Christopher Lord (Contact Author)

University of Leeds ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Palgrave Macmillan Ltd

Houndmills
Basingstoke
England, Hampshire RG21 6XS
United Kingdom

Paul Magnette

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Institute of European Studies ( email )

Centre for the Study of Political Life
Av. F.D. Roosevelt, 39
Ixelles-Bruxelles, 1050
Belgium

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