1st Edition

The Politics of Legitimation in the European Union Legitimacy Recovered?

    322 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    322 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines and investigates the legitimacy of the European Union by acknowledging the importance of variation across actors, institutions, audiences, and context.

    Case studies reveal how different actors have contributed to the politics of (re)legitimating the European Union in response to multiple recent problems in European integration. The case studies look specifically at stakeholder interests, social groups, officials, judges, the media and other actors external to the Union. With this, the book develops a better understanding of how the politics of legitimating the Union are actor-dependent, context-dependent and problem-dependent.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European integration, as well as those interested in legitimacy and democracy beyond the state from a point of view of political science, political sociology and the social sciences more broadly.

    Part 1: Theoretical framework: The politics of legitimation

    1. Introduction Christopher Lord, Peter Bursens, Dirk De Bièvre, Jarle Trondal and Ramses A. Wessel

    2. Conflating policy, democracy and legitimacy: The case of stakeholder involvement

    Claire Godet and Bastiaan Redert

    Part 2: Legitimation by individual citizens and officials

    3. Winning minds not hearts? Citizens emotions and European integration

    Camille Dobler

    4. Trust lost, trust regained? Trust, legitimacy and multi-level governance

    Dominika Proszowska

    5. Beyond support: Public opinion and EU legitimacy

    Joris Melman

    6. Dublin is dead: A study in delegitimation

    Radu Triculescu

    Part 3: Legitimation by media and parliaments

    7. Whose voice is louder? Politicisation and legitimation in state aid policy

    Elena Escalante Block

    8. Legitimation strategies and national parliaments: The case of anti-corruption

    Emilija Tudjarovska

    9. Toothless observers or comprehensive players? National parliaments and the European Semester

    Ivana Skazlic

    Part 4: Legitimation by governments, courts and external actors

    10. A Two-Way Street: Flexible and Rigid Legitimation across Actors and Policies in the EU

    Julien Bois and José Piquer

    11. Post-Crisis Legitimacy in the EU’s Economic and Monetary Union: The Cases of European Fiscal Policy Coordination and Banking Supervision

    Philipp Lausberg

    12. Normative power Europe? Lessons in legitimacy, conditionality and compliance

    Tiffany Williams

    Part 5: Theoretical conclusions on legitimation and legitimacy

    13. Polycrisis and Resilience in the EU: Covid-19 and avenues for future studies

    Jarle Trondal, Marianne Riddervold and Akasemi Newsome

    14. The many actors of direct and indirect legitimacy

    Christopher Lord

    15. Concluding Implications for EU Policy, Law and Institutions

    Dirk De Bièvre, Peter Bursens, Christopher Lord, Jarle Trondal and Ramses A. Wessel


    Christopher Lord is Professor at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, Norway, and Scientific Co-ordinator of the PLATO network.

    Peter Bursens is Jean Monnet Chair and Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science of the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

    Dirk De Bièvre is Professor of International Politics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

    Jarle Trondal is a Professor at University of Agder, Department of Political Science and Management, and a Professor at the University of Oslo, ARENA Centre for European Studies, Norway.

    Ramses A. Wessel is Professor of European Law and Head of the Department of European and Economic Law at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.