Rediscovering Europe in the Netherlands

The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)

The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

179 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | © 2007
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9789053562628 Published June 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In 2005, the Dutch referendum on whether to ratify the treaty establishing a European constitution dramatically exposed the rift between political and public opinion in European policymaking. Additionally, the referendum demonstrated that politicians had failed to function as adequate links between Europe as an entity and its Dutch citizens. Against this turbulent background, the authors analyze the European Union’s relative lack of legitimacy in the Netherlands and advise how its image might earn more popular appeal by going beyond traditional institutional approaches.






1  Introduction


2  Diagnosis


3  Politics and administration


4  Safeguards and direct citizen participation


5  Civil Society


6  News media



7  Strengthening the legitimacy of Dutch EU policy: Conclusions and recommendations



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