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The Crisis of Europe: Democratic Deficit and Eroding Sovereignty – Not Guilty

Azmanova, Albena (2013) The Crisis of Europe: Democratic Deficit and Eroding Sovereignty – Not Guilty. Law and Critique, 24 (1). pp. 23-38. ISSN 0957-8536. E-ISSN 1572-8617. (doi:10.1007/s10978-012-9112-y)

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Taking inspiration from a distinction Kant drew between the way power is organised, and the manner in which it is exercised, this analysis directs attention to the consolidation of an autocratic style of politics in Europe. The co-existence between an autocratic style of rule and preserved democratic organisation of power, which prevents a legitimation crisis, is explained in terms of an altered legitimacy relationship (or social contract) between public authority and citizens. This ultimately allows a discrepancy to emerge between public authority’s increased capacity for policy action and reduced social responsibility for the consequences of that action.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10978-012-9112-y
Uncontrolled keywords: European Union, legitimacy, crisis, democracy
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Centre for Critical Thought
Depositing User: Albena Azmanova
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 18:32 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2019 03:08 UTC
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