Christoph Bärenreuter

Researching the European Public Sphere and Its Political Functions. A Proposal [1]

With the signing of the treaties of Maastricht (1991) and Amsterdam (1997), the European Union (EU) reached a degree of integration that clearly exceeds heretofore known forms of intergovernmental cooperation. Nowadays the life of EU citizens is affected in many ways by regulations made in the EU’s institutional labyrinth. Due to these far-reaching competencies, a debate on the democratic foundations of the EU polity developed in the 1990s, involving both the social sciences and partly also the broader public.
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