The Response of the Parties in the 2014 Elections
Chapter III. The Question of the People of Europe and the Problem of Social Legitimacy
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The Question of the People of Europe and the Problem of Social Legitimacy
Demos, Demoi, Demoicracy
During the initial phase of the “permissive consensus” the question of the democratic legitimacy of European integration was not raised, but when this fractured in the 1990s and national sovereignty continued to be transferred to the EU, this issue became inevitable. It was, therefore, the end of passive social acceptance of all that political elites had decided that led to the emergence of the debate on the democratic deficit1. Indeed, the deepening of European integration since the Maastricht Treaty has increased the gap between winners (the few) and losers (the many) and from there many analysts point to the absence of a common demos as being the main cause of the crisis in the EU.
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