In diesem Kolloquium diskutieren die Autorin Amelie Kutter (Europa-Universität Viadrina), Vivien Schmidt (Universität Boston), Nicolas Hubé (Universität Lorraine) und Timm Beichelt (Europa-Universität Viadrina, Moderation) das Buch ‚Legitimation in the European Union‘ (Palgrave 2020).
This book investigates how political authority and legitimacy is constructed in the postnational setting of the European Union. Drawing on the example of the EU constitutional debate, and the use of ‘EU constitutional speak’ in Polish and French broadsheets, more particularly, the book shows how claims for legitimacy transform while being transposed from the discourse field of multilateral negotiation to that of national media.
Given the particular incentives that the EU offered for the empowerment of non-state actors during pre-accession, it has often been assumed that EU intervention strengthened civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. We argue that, instead, the EU’s impact was highly ambivalent. Although the EU aid and EU-induced policy reform levelled the way for established actors’ involvement in multilevel politics, it reinforced some of the barriers to development that the civil society organisations face in CEE.
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