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Political Responsibility and the European Union

Myrto Tsakatika


This book addresses the question of political legitimacy in the European Union from the much-neglected angle of political responsibility. It develops an original communitarian approach to legitimacy based on Alasdair MacIntyre's ethics of virtues and practices, that can be contrasted with prevalent liberal-egalitarian and neo-republican approaches. The book argues that a ‘responsibility deficit’, quite distinct from the often discussed ‘democratic deficit’, can be diagnosed in the EU. This is documented in chapters that provide in-depth analysis of accountability, transparency and the difficul ... More

Keywords: political legitimacy, European Union, political responsibility, Alasdair MacIntyre, responsibility deficit, accountability, transparency, European governance, political community, institutional choice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780719075155
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719075155.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Myrto Tsakatika, author