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Tankar om demokrati, effektivitet och legitimitet -En idéanalys av debatten om EU:s framtid i två länder

Norell, Lina (2005)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
In recent years the concern about the future of the European Union and its

supposed lack of democracy, efficiency and legitimacy has increased. This

concern has resulted in extensive debates and the establishment of a convention

with the task to create a draft treaty for a European Constitution.

The aim of this essay is to study how the three theoretical concepts,

democracy, efficiency and legitimacy, have been described and used in the debate

about the future of the European Union. My main interest is to see how these

concepts are described in a debate regarding a political system that goes beyond

the borders of the nation-state. I have made a comparative textual analysis of the

debates taken place in Sweden and Spain during a... (More)
In recent years the concern about the future of the European Union and its

supposed lack of democracy, efficiency and legitimacy has increased. This

concern has resulted in extensive debates and the establishment of a convention

with the task to create a draft treaty for a European Constitution.

The aim of this essay is to study how the three theoretical concepts,

democracy, efficiency and legitimacy, have been described and used in the debate

about the future of the European Union. My main interest is to see how these

concepts are described in a debate regarding a political system that goes beyond

the borders of the nation-state. I have made a comparative textual analysis of the

debates taken place in Sweden and Spain during a period of over two years. I

have, for instance, found out that openness and clearness have a prominent

position as democratic values together with equality and justice (in Spain) and the

institution of accountability (in Sweden). Further on, democracy and efficiency

are often described as oppositions, between which priorities have to be made.

Legitimacy is found in democracy as a rightful source of authority and it is stated

that citizens usually found the results (in Spain) and the citizen involvement (in

Sweden) as the most important factors for generating social legitimacy. (Less)
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  abstract     = {In recent years the concern about the future of the European Union and its

supposed lack of democracy, efficiency and legitimacy has increased. This

concern has resulted in extensive debates and the establishment of a convention

with the task to create a draft treaty for a European Constitution.

The aim of this essay is to study how the three theoretical concepts,

democracy, efficiency and legitimacy, have been described and used in the debate

about the future of the European Union. My main interest is to see how these

concepts are described in a debate regarding a political system that goes beyond

the borders of the nation-state. I have made a comparative textual analysis of the

debates taken place in Sweden and Spain during a period of over two years. I

have, for instance, found out that openness and clearness have a prominent

position as democratic values together with equality and justice (in Spain) and the

institution of accountability (in Sweden). Further on, democracy and efficiency

are often described as oppositions, between which priorities have to be made.

Legitimacy is found in democracy as a rightful source of authority and it is stated

that citizens usually found the results (in Spain) and the citizen involvement (in

Sweden) as the most important factors for generating social legitimacy.},
  author       = {Norell, Lina},
  keyword      = {Draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe,Democracy,Legitimacy,Efficiency,Debate about the future of the European Union,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Tankar om demokrati, effektivitet och legitimitet -En idéanalys av debatten om EU:s framtid i två länder},
  year         = {2005},
}