Democracy in Europe

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Penguin Books Limited, Dec 15, 2011 - Political Science - 272 pages
If the European Union applied to become a member of the European Union it would be rejected as undemocratic. Can the European Union foster greater democracy in Europe, and so protect the dispersal of power, personal freedom and the rule of law? Willit improve our shared lives and increase sense of being useful citizens? Rejecting both nostalgia for the nation state and thoughtless optimism, Larry Siedentop sets out to explore the practical implications of government on a continental scale. He draws on his expertise as an historian of liberal theory to produce an analysis of Europe's various political economies. In creating a framework for thought, this is sure to be a key work in the long deferred debate on Europe.

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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

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About the author (2011)

Larry Siedentop is a lecturer in Politics at Keble College and current chair of the Oxford politics faculty. His previous books include TOCQUEVILLE. He has also written the introduction to Guizot's HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION IN EUROPE for Penguin Classics.

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