2015 - 18th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

The European Union after Lisbon: Re-visions of Identity and Democracy

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Tea S. Thaning, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Meyer Auditorium

Abstract

The European Union (EU) is not a nation, and it would thus be a mistake to expect the EU's path to democratic legitimacy to resemble a nation's path toward such a goal. But what sort of democratic identity does the EU possess, exactly? In this presentation, I will offer a tentative theory of the nature of European identity after the Treaty of Lisbon. Additionally, I will suggest a few ways in which this peculiar post-Lisbon European identity may serve to enhance and augment the democratic legitimacy of its member states, without impairing their cherished individual national identities.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-7-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

4-7-2015 3:45 PM

Panel

International Affairs

Panel Moderator

Benjamin Goluboff

Field of Study for Presentation

International Relations, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Politics

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Apr 7th, 2:30 PM Apr 7th, 3:45 PM

The European Union after Lisbon: Re-visions of Identity and Democracy

Meyer Auditorium

The European Union (EU) is not a nation, and it would thus be a mistake to expect the EU's path to democratic legitimacy to resemble a nation's path toward such a goal. But what sort of democratic identity does the EU possess, exactly? In this presentation, I will offer a tentative theory of the nature of European identity after the Treaty of Lisbon. Additionally, I will suggest a few ways in which this peculiar post-Lisbon European identity may serve to enhance and augment the democratic legitimacy of its member states, without impairing their cherished individual national identities.