Class Year

2015

Date

4-17-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Distinguished Thesis

yes

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Politics

Second Department or Program

Philosophy

First Advisor

Chad McCracken

Second Advisor

Evan Oxman

Third Advisor

Carol Gayle

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 paper, I will offer a tentative theory of the nature of European democracy after the Treaty of Lisbon and how the question of democratic deficit can be addressed. 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.


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