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Andreas F0Llesdal

In: Handbook of European Union Politics

Chapter 16: Normative Political Theory and the European Union

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Normative Political Theory and the European Union
Normative political theory and the European Union
Introduction

In 2005 the French and Dutch referendum rejections of the European Union's Constitutional Treaty once again brought issues of the EU's legitimacy and identity to the forefront of political debate.1 Does the EU suffer from legitimacy deficits? If so, what are their alleged symptoms, diagnoses and prescriptions? Is there, and should there be, a ‘European identity’? Must Europeans share a core of values, traditions and rights – and should that requirement deny Turkey membership?

The expression of public concern in Europe for these issues of normative political theory underscores the value of such research both for doing and for understanding politics. This academic subdiscipline centrally seeks to evaluate the legitimacy of institutions and ...

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