The Search for a European Identity: Values, Policies and Legitimacy of the European Union

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415446877
  • ISBN: 0415446872
  • Publisher: Routledge


Cerutti, Furio, Lucarelli, Sonia


This book examines the link between political identity and legitimacy in the European Union, and more precisely of the EU. Stimulated by the present crisis of legitimacy and identity suffered by the EU after the referenda on the Constitutional Treaty, the editors have developed a theoretical framework to examine the interplay between legitimacy and identity in the development of the EU into a full-fledged political actor. The editors examine these concepts jointly, specifically focussing on their connection and also consider the deeper cultural and moral layers from which a would-be polity such as the EU draws its justification and looks at the role played by symbols and memories. The authors seek to: Redefine the key notions in the rigorous way of political philosophy, thus avoiding the generic or imprecise language usage found in a large part of political science literature on identity, and Test these concepts in the analysis of EU policies that may reveal the world views and the principles upon which EU legislation is based, and also asks what impact those policies have in the perception of the European public, and how far they help develop a shared political identity and a justification for the growing role played by EU institutions inside and outside the continent. Featuring case studies on environmental policy, biosafety policy, biotechnology regulation, civil society, human rights promotion and democracy, this book will be of interest to students and researchers of political science, political philosophy, European politics and European Studies,Cerutti, Furio is the author of 'The Search for a European Identity: Values, Policies and Legitimacy of the European Union' with ISBN 9780415446877 and ISBN 0415446872.

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