A legitimacy crisis in the European Union? : a neo-functionalist examination of the state of legitimacy in the EU (2000)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Thesis DisciplinePolitical Science
Degree NameMaster of Arts
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
The extensive deepening and widening of the European Union that has taken place during the 1990's has resulted in the emergence of many issues that challenge the course of integration. The legitimacy of the Union is one of the key areas that has been questioned from a neo-functionalist perspective with the development of a united Europe. In scholarly discussions of legitimacy in the EU many authors have asserted that there is a legitimacy crisis at present. By examining the current state of legitimacy it is argued that the description of a crisis is overstated. However, there is still evidence of significant legitimacy problems that must be addressed by the Union elite in order for further integration to be successful. This analysis also highlights the limitations of the state-framework in EU studies. Through the application of a state concept of legitimacy it is demonstrated that constraints are placed upon examinations of the Union due to the narrow focus of a state model.
KeywordsEuropean Union; Legitimacy of governments--Europe; European federation.
RightsAll Rights Reserved
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Examining EU power narratives within an emerging region : examining normative power Europe and market power Europe through images and perceptions of the European Union within external partners in an emerging region Pokoati, Connor (University of Canterbury, 2018)Since its conception, the European Union (EU) has battled to confirm its legitimacy as an influential player within the global arena, where some have considered the EU to be a “new superpower” (Reid, 2004; Schnabel, 2005; ...
Prospect of the European Union to become a Defence Union: Analysis of the major nation-state actors’ perspectives on the European Security and Defence Policy Maier-Knapp, Naila Nijra (University of Canterbury. National Centre for Research on Europe, 2007)The European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) is a very young and innovative structure of the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Since its launch in 1999 at the Summit of Cologne it has developed ...
Masselot, A. (University of Canterbury. Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 2016)