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As long as democratic legitimacy stems from national politics, governments will have few incentives to make responsible decisions at the EU level

Sonia, Alonso and Rodríguez Teruel, Juan (2014) As long as democratic legitimacy stems from national politics, governments will have few incentives to make responsible decisions at the EU level. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (25 Jul 2014). Website.

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Abstract

When national governments make decisions at the EU level they have to balance policies which are in the national interest of their own state and policies which are in the wider interest of Europe as a whole. Based on the work of Luuk Van Middelaar, Sonia Alonso and Juan Rodríguez Teruel discuss the competing responsibilities which national governments face within the European Union. They argue that as long as democratic legitimacy stems primarily from the level of national politics, there will be few incentives for governments to make genuinely responsible decisions at the European level. Ultimately, only a stronger European democracy can solve this dilemma.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 10:07
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2021 00:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71867

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