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The EU and Legitimacy: To what extentis the EU legitimate and how can we measure legitimacy?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The European Union is a unique political organisation whose legitimacy remains under constant debate. This thesis aspires to clarify whether or not the EU consitutetes a legitimate political system, an answer the research question: to what extent is the European Union democratically legitimate?

The chosen methodology is based upon a positivist perspective. A literature study builds an initial theoretical framwork, whereafter a quantantive case study is performed, to ensure sufficient reliability and validity. Previsous research within the field of international realations and political science has focused on formal, social, input and output legitimacy. Organisational theory promotes pragmatic, moral and cognitive perspectives. This thesis integrates the previous reasearch info a holistic legitimacy framework. The case study concludes that the European Union is legitimate to a high estent. Interdisciplinary perspectives and empirical methodologies could benefit future research,

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 64 p.
Keyword [en]
European Union, legitimacy, democratic deficit, EU, EU institutions
National Category
Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86697OAI: diva2:588936
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-04-25 Created: 2013-01-16 Last updated: 2013-04-25Bibliographically approved

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