By Dieter Fuchs, Hans-Dieter Klingemann
On account of numerous rounds of ecu enlargements, the measure of cultural range in Europe has intensified - a phenomenon that's more and more perceived as not easy via many ecu electorate. This interesting booklet not just empirically explores the present country of the identification and the legitimacy of the european as seen through its voters, but additionally evaluates their attitudes in the direction of it.
The professional individuals exhibit that the improvement of a eu identification and a standard ecu tradition is a prerequisite for eu integration; that ecu id and a typical political tradition won't improve swiftly yet emerge slowly, and that the beginnings of a eu id and a typical eu tradition are presently rising. the jobs of civil society companies and political events are tested inside this context, and an explanatory version with subjective predictors of the attitudes in the direction of the ecu is demonstrated. The empirical research is underpinned via a theoretical framework incorporating operational definitions and conceptual dialogue of legitimacy and id.
This interesting and thought-provoking booklet might be of significant curiosity to teachers, researchers and scholars concentrating on political technology and diplomacy
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Without digressing into a detailed discussion of the matter, I would like merely to state that two aspects of Easton’s theory still need to be addressed. The first regards the distinction between trust as a dimension of diffuse support on the one hand and specific support on the other hand. The second is related to the specific meaning of legitimacy within the frame of the broader concept of political support. To address these two dimensions, I will briefly elaborate upon the concept of political support as articulated by Easton.
Legitimacy, he argues, ‘reflects the fact that in some vague or explicit way [a person] sees these objects as conforming to his own moral principles, his own sense of what is right and proper in the political sphere’ (Easton 1975, p. 451). Trust, on the other hand, ‘will be stimulated by the experiences that 32 Cultural diversity, European identity and the legitimacy of the EU members have of the authorities over time’ (Easton 1975, p. 448). Over time, these experiences are detached from authorities and ascribed to the regime.
4. Robertson (2003, pp. 278–9) notes that ‘in recent social science considerable attention has been paid to a so-called “crisis of legitimacy”, by which is meant the increasing difficulty Western states have in justifying themselves, because their only appeal is to utilitarian socioeconomic rewards which they are incapable of sustaining’. 5. Quoted in Nugent and Paterson (2003, p. 107). 6. Nugent and Paterson (2003, p. 107). Andrew Scott (2003, p. 100) notes that most authors who have written on the democratic deficit identify the issue as ‘involving the two-sided coin which has “erosion of national sovereignty and identity” on one side, and “the problem of legitimating EU governance by reference to nation-state criteria (or offering new criteria) on the other side”’ (italics in the original).
Cultural diversity, European identity and the legitimacy of the EU by Dieter Fuchs, Hans-Dieter Klingemann