Transnational identitet og legitimitet i Den Europæiske Union

Martin Stub-Holm El-Toukhy

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this project, I analyze and discuss a number of issues related to the basis of transnational identity and legitimacy at European Union level. The European Union has often been criticized for its ’democratic deficit’ and lack of popular support. At a time when the economic crisis increases the interdependence of the EU memberstates, it seems more urgent than ever for the EU to develop a transnational sense of cohesion and ensure democratic legitimacy. The newly opened European Citizen’s Initiative (since April 1, 2012) thus appears like a much-needed political response to this central issue. Nevertheless I conclude on the basis of my analysis, that a so-called European identity is still a weak concept largely due to the nation state’s historical monopoly on a cultural-based and unifying collective identity. Furthermore I claim, that EU's democratic legitimacy will continue to be dominated by a performance-based output legitimacy, whereby the degree of democracy depends on the European Commission's ability to incorporate external political discourses in realistic and effective legislative proposals.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato13 jun. 2012
VejledereTorben Bech Dyrberg


  • national identitet
  • kollektiv identitet
  • europæisk identitet
  • transnational offentlighed
  • den europæiske union
  • European Citizens' Initiative
  • output legitimitet
  • throughput legitimitet
  • demokrati
  • EU
  • input legitimitet
  • Det europæiske borgerinitiativ
  • demokratisk underskud
  • legitimitet