Democracy in Europe

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Columbia University Press, 2001 - History - 253 pages
BEHIND INTERVENTION in Kosovo and corruption in Brussels, behind the beef war and the launch of the Euro, lies a single, simple question: what kind of government will Europe need to survive in the twenty-first century? Taking inspiration from the heated discussions that preceded the birth of federal government in the United States, Larry Siedentop investigates what we can reasonably expect and what we have to fear from a united Europe. Despite the profound hostility between skeptics and proponents of a united Europe, the outlines of serious public debate have barely been sketched. While skeptics talk of national sovereignty and invoke the spirit of wartime resistance, Europhiles embrace the idealism of eurozones and sound economic management.

Larry Siedentop examines whether representative government is feasible, given the vast physical scale and human diversity of Europe. He explores the threat to local autonomy and individual freedom, and he anatomizes the widely different political cultures of Britain, France, and Germany. He balances throughout an understanding of the great theorists of supranational government, especially Montesquieu and de Tocqueville, with a deep, though critical, appreciation of contemporary Europe. Siedentop argues that only a publicly discussed and commonly agreed upon constitution will sustain a democratic Europe equal to the pressures it will have to withstand. The moves toward integration in Europe already in progress, and those as yet only planned, will change the world. It is up to the present generation of citizens and politicians, says Siedentop, to ensure that those changes are for the better.

 

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A political philosopher's tract on the European Union. Enthusiasts of the great theorists of liberty (Locke, Rawls, etc.) will enjoy Siedentop (Political Science/Oxford Univ.). Launching his argument ... Read full review

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Effectively discusses the debate, or lack of debate, in the on going European Union project. He sheds light on the development of its constitution relative to the US Constitution. Read full review

Contents

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64
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102
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122
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187
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2-36
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About the author (2001)

Larry Siedentop is a faculty lecturer in political thought at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Keble College. He is also the author of Tocqueville.

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