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Challenges For Public Authorities In A Unified Europe
A prominent strand of academic debate within the European Union, in the first years of the Twenty-first century has been the challenge to the legitimacy of EU institutions. The debate has been vigorous and wide-ranging. Both lawyers and political scientists have drawn on arguments concerning input legitimacy in framing their remarks concerning the asserted inadequate legitimacy of the EU. Fewer observers, including Giandomenico Majone, have highlighted that there was a preliminary question of standards, in the sense that the critics commonly reason by analogy from legitimacy discourses within national frameworks. It is therefore questionable whether the institutions and processes of the Union should be assessed on the basis of the same standards that are used for the States.