Anarchist Organisation: The History of the F.A.I. by Juan Gomez Casas, Abe Bluestein

By Juan Gomez Casas, Abe Bluestein

This the 1st English-language background of the Federación Anarquista Ibérica, strains its heritage again to its founding and follows its improvement through the an important civil struggle years. "Casas brings precise skills to the duty of chronicling the historical past of the F.A.I.the attempt is rewarding."--Social Anarchism

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2 Legitimacy and the European Union David Beetham and Christopher Lord Introduction: legitimacy and the European Union The concept of legitimacy The question of the legitimacy or rightfulness of political authority is of central concern to both normative political philosophy and explanatory political science, yet a satisfactory definition of the concept remains elusive, and the connection between the respective concerns of political philosophy and political science is obscure. To avoid lengthy preliminaries, we propose to follow Beetham’s (1991) analysis of political legitimacy as a multi-dimensional concept, comprising the different elements of legality, normative justifiability and legitimation.

Furthermore, the Treaty increases the use of qualified majority voting among the government representatives in the Council of Ministers. These changes highlight some of the central topics of a normative political theory for the EU: the legitimate significance of states; the proper scope and application of the principle of subsidiarity; and the content of ‘vital national interests’ or ‘important and stated reasons of national policy’ which protect a domain of domestic sovereignty from outside intervention, originating with the 1966 Luxembourg Compromise and re-emerging in the Amsterdam Treaty.

The central issue to be discussed here is whether the inhabitants of the EU consider themselves to be ‘a people’. There are three reasons why this is not as simple a question as it first appears. First, feelings of a common European political identity vary across countries, regions and social groups. Second, there is no neat separation between what people expect to get out of a political system and the extent to which they identify with it. The distinction between the instrumental/utilitarian (Gesellschaft) and identitive (Gemeinschaft) dimensions to politics is clearer in logic than it is in fact, so it may not be possible to keep the analysis in this chapter rigidly distinguishable from what we have chosen to call performance-related factors of legitimation.

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