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The European Republic: reflections on the political economy of a future constitution

Stefan Collignon
Kogan Page (18 September 2003)

'My basic argument is simple: the European Union needs a full-fledged government, which draws its authority from European citizens. In a context of ongoing globalisation, near complete economic integration and the enlargement to a large number of new members states, European intergovernmental policy making is no longer efficient. Authority can no longer be derived from national governments alone. It needs the legitimacy of a European democracy.'
Stefan Collingnon, Professor of European Political Economy, LSE

This book contributes to the ongoing debate on Europe's future. It takes a political economy approach to analyse some of the underlying issues and argues that collective action problems require a courageous step forward in creating coherent governance structures for the Union.

The European Union needs a proper government and full democratic legitimacy by its citizens. This does not necessarily mean that the EU has to become an oppressive leviathon. But in the course of the last 50 years, a large number of European collective and public goods such as prosperity, fair competition within the EU and exchange rate in the EMU, have been created which affect the daily life of each and every European citizen. It has to be recognised that their governance has become a 'public thing', a res publica. A constitution will establish a European republic which one may also call a European democracy. 

Today it has become essential to give European citizens their democratic right to political autonomy. It is time to take the European 'common concern' out of the sole hands of national governments. For Europe does not belong to governments. It belongs to citizens.

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The European Republic: reflections on the political economy of a future constitution will be available from all good bookshops or direct from the publisher. Contact: Kogan Page, 120 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9JN. Tel: 01903 828800. Fax: 020 7837 6348. 

For more information, to request a review copy or to interview the author, contact Martha Fumagalli on 020 7843 1957 or email mfumagalli@kogan-page.co.uk| 

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