Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Scharpf on the EU Crisis of Legitimacy

Henry Farrell calls attention to an interesting paper by Fritz Scharpf that offers a history of the Eurozone crisis and an analysis of the ways in which the resulting political conflicts may undermine the legitimacy of governments.

On the subject of legitimacy, I refer to an op-ed I wrote for the Harvard Crimson, in which I touch at the end on the prospect of a crisis of legitimacy in France. I'm no doubt hyping the issue a bit, but I do see a prospect for a contagious series of crises if a calamity befalls one of the PIGS, as Scharpf agrees might happen.

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