A political contestation at the EU level: Has the Spitzenkandidaten-initiative increased democratic-legitimacy and brought the public-sphere closer to the EU?

Wisam Mohamad Abou Kassem

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


The European Union has been faced with a large multitude of challenges – especially in recent times.
One of which regards the perceived democratic and legitimistic deficiency of the European Union.
The need for the Union to connect itself with the European-public through accountable procedures
of democratic and legitimistic initiatives has never been so imperative. This thesis will uncover the
extent of which the European “Spitzenkandidaten” initiative has been successful in channeling
democratic legitimacy to the EU-level.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2018
Antal sider43
VejledereKristian Lau Nielsen


  • Spitzenkandidat
  • Legitimacy
  • EU-Legitimacy
  • Accountability
  • Democratic-legitimacy
  • Democratic-deficit
  • Euroscepticism
  • EU-level
  • Input-legitimacy
  • Output-legitimacy
  • Throughput-legitimacy