Democracy in Europe

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9780231123778: Democracy in Europe

Taking inspiration from the heated discussions that preceded the birth of federal government in the United States, Larry Siedentop investigates what we can reasonably expect and what we have to fear from a united Europe. Despite the profound hostility between skeptics and proponents of a united Europe, the outlines of serious public debate have barely been sketched. While skeptics talk of national sovereignty and invoke the spirit of wartime resistance, Europhiles embrace the idealism of eurozones and sound economic management.

Larry Siedentop examines whether representative government is feasible across the vast physical scale and human diversity of Europe. He explores the threat to local autonomy and individual freedom, and he anatomizes the widely different political cultures of Britain, France, and Germany. He balances throughout an understanding of the great theorists of supranational government, especially Montesquieu and De Tocqueville, with a deep, though critical, appreciation of contemporary Europe. Siedentop argues that it is only on a publicly discussed and commonly agreed upon constitution that one can hope to build a democratic Europe equal to the pressures it will have to withstand.

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Siedentop examines whether representative government is feasible across the vast physical scale and human diversity of Europe, exploring the threat to local autonomy and individual freedom, and anatomizing the widely different political cultures of Britain, France, and Germany. He balances an understanding of the great theorists of supranational government, especially Montesquieu and De Tocqueville, with a deep, though critical, appreciation of contemporary Europe.

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BEHIND INTERVENTION in Kosovo and corruption in Brussels, behind the beef war and the launch of the Euro, lies a single, simple question: what kind of government will Europe need to survive in the twenty-first century? Taking inspiration from the heated discussions that preceded the birth of federal government in the United States, Larry Siedentop investigates what we can reasonably expect and what we have to fear from a united Europe. Despite the profound hostility between skeptics and proponents of a united Europe, the outlines of serious public debate have barely been sketched. While skeptics talk of national sovereignty and invoke the spirit of wartime resistance, Europhiles embrace the idealism of eurozones and sound economic management.

Larry Siedentop examines whether representative government is feasible, given the vast physical scale and human diversity of Europe. He explores the threat to local autonomy and individual freedom, and he anatomizes the widely different political cultures of Britain, France, and Germany. He balances throughout an understanding of the great theorists of supranational government, especially Montesquieu and de Tocqueville, with a deep, though critical, appreciation of contemporary Europe. Siedentop argues that only a publicly discussed and commonly agreed upon constitution will sustain a democratic Europe equal to the pressures it will have to withstand. The moves toward integration in Europe already in progress, and those as yet only planned, will change the world. It is up to the present generation of citizens and politicians, says Siedentop, to ensure that those changes are for the better.

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