The Legitimacy Challenge: Euroscepticism as an embedded element of the EU

Usherwood, Simon (2023). The Legitimacy Challenge: Euroscepticism as an embedded element of the EU. In: Rhinard, Mark; Nugent, Neill and Paterson, William E. eds. Crises and Challenges for the European Union. The European Union Series. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing.

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Abstract

The chapter starts by considering the state of Euroscepticism today, through the lens of the various crises that have unfurled in the past decade. This includes a discussion of both the organised forms of challenge found in party politics and the more diffuse disquiets of public opinion. It then moves to discuss the ways in which the structure of European integration point towards a lasting inability to change this situation: the imbalance of advocacy on European issues, the limited agency of the EU and the multifaceted nature of Euroscepticism itself.

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