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Democracy in Europe

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  2 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 16th 2001 by Columbia University Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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May 31, 2014 Jan-Maat added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't like their fine ideas to be sullied by mere facts
A curate's egg of a book.

The author's thesis is that political institutions support or ferment certain political cultures. That the separation of powers is good and Federalism the best system, but that Europe is not yet ready for federalism, in part because the superstructure of the EU will allow French bureaucrats to rip open their shirts and blouses and reveal the nakedness of their ambitions to charge across the barricades, like Liberty Leading the People, in order to dominate Europe. Active
Great comparison of the American vs. European (esp. French) democracatic tradition. Very enlightening read!
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