How can we conceptualize identity and legitimacy in the context of the European union? What is the role of narratives, political symbols, public debate and institutional practices in the process of identity formation and legitimacy consolidation?

Debating Political Identity and Legitimacy in the European Union addresses these questions and brings together high profile scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds to debate the ontological and epistemological aspects of research on identity and legitimacy formation in the EU. Part I investigates key elements such as the relationship between ‘Europeanization’ of the EU member states and its effect on the political identity of their citizens; the relationship between the politicization of the EU and processes of identity and legitimacy formation; and the indispensability of European identity for legitimizing the EU. Part II looks at pathways to identity formation and legitimacy construction in the EU by considering alternative types of constitutional legitimacy; political symbolism; Europeanization and politicization of the debate on EU focusing on the foreign policy domain.

Bringing together a wide but coherent range of high profile perspectives, this book will of interest to students and scholars of European studies, Political Science, Philosophy, Sociology and Law.

part I|89 pages

Reflections on identity and legitimacy in the European Union

chapter 2|22 pages

The problems of identity and legitimacy in the European Union

Is more politics the answer?

chapter 3|17 pages

Europe as a narrative network

Taking the social embeddedness of identity constructions seriously

part II|116 pages

Pathways to identity formation and legitimacy construction

chapter 6|22 pages

Three European constitutionalisms and their respective legitimacy requirements

Explaining the longue durée stability of the EU polity

chapter 7|16 pages

False expectations

The counterproductive side effects of the EU's use of political symbols

chapter 9|20 pages

Mirrors of us

European political identity and the Others' image of the EU 1

chapter 10|25 pages

Public visibility and citizen participation

The Europeanization of foreign policy debates in the British and German public spheres 1

chapter 11|14 pages

Debating identity and legitimacy in the EU

Concluding remarks