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The Legitimacy of the European Union After Enlargement by Jacques Thomassen

By Jacques Thomassen

In 2004 the ecu Union used to be enlarged with ten new member states, 8 of them formerly communist states in imperative and japanese Europe. This expansion was once with out precedent within the heritage of the Union and its predecessors. it's nonetheless to be obvious how good the associations in addition to the voters of the Union may be able to deal with the results of this operation. The authors of this quantity assessment the impression of that expansion on its legitimacy. They achieve this through assessing the consequences of expansion at the functioning of the method of political illustration within the eu Union and at the emotions of the ecu humans in the direction of the Union. This learn is principally in line with info from the ecu Election examine 2004. This learn made it for the 1st time attainable to match the attitudes and behaviour of voters within the growth nations, specifically in crucial and japanese Europe, with their opposite numbers within the older member states. many of the findings of this learn are counterintuitive. in lots of respects the consequences of enlargements are a lot smaller than frequently argued. The social gathering platforms of the hot member states and the attitudes and behaviour of the electorate of person events are very suitable with their opposite numbers within the older member states, making extra eu integration quite effortless. an identical should be acknowledged approximately participants of the ecu Parliament. nonetheless the mutual belief of the folks within the older and new member states is intensely low and undermines the legitimacy of the enlarged Union.

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