Reflections on EU Legitimacy and Governing

With his article 'Reflections on EU Legitimacy and Governing' published in European papers John Erik Fossum engages with Carol Harlow on her contribution 'The Limping Legitimacy of EU Lawmaking:
 A Barrier to Integration' in the same journal.


Carol Harlow (article in pdf) provides us with a nuanced and sophisticated assessment of the development of the EU’s formal lawmaking processes and their legitimacy implications. She places particular emphasis on the important notion of executive legislation. That naturally puts the focus on delegation and principal/agent theory, which is discussed in relation to the EU in general. With regard to legitimacy, Harlow discusses both the input and output dimensions. The article brings in some of the crises-driven changes or mutations that the EU is presently experiencing. In this contribution I focus on some of the core notions in the analytical framework that Harlow constructs, with particular emphasis on legitimacy, representation and democracy.

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John Erik Fossum
Reflections on EU Legitimacy and Governing

European Papers, 2016, vol. 1 (3), pages 1033-1040
DOI: 10.15166/2499-8249/114

Published Feb. 24, 2017 9:05 AM - Last modified Feb. 24, 2017 10:00 AM