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Public debate on the future of the European Union : a viable legitimising strategy?

Hoffmann, Lars; Monaghan, Elizabeth


Lars Hoffmann


In this article we analyse the phenomenon of public debate on the future of Europe which has been become a preferred tool of EU policymakers over the last decade. We assess the potential legitimacy benefits of such a public debate process and examine in detail two case studies: the Convention on the Future of Europe and the Debate Europe website. We compare these two public debates with regard to their composition, objectives and working procedures. Our findings show that public debate is no panacea for the EU's ongoing legitimacy-related problems and they also point to general challenges for citizens' involvement in the ongoing European integration process.


Hoffmann, L., & Monaghan, E. (2011). Public debate on the future of the European Union : a viable legitimising strategy?. Politics, 31(3), 140-147. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9256.2011.01413.x

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Sep 2, 2011
Publication Date 2011-10
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Politics
Print ISSN 0263-3957
Electronic ISSN 1467-9256
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 3
Pages 140-147
Keywords Political Science and International Relations
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