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"Say yes to yes": en diskursanalytisk studie om medborgarnas roll i EU
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies.
2006 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The starting point of this thesis is the debate surrounding the two referenda’s in France and the Netherlands in May and June 2005, regarding the proposal of a European constitution. The aim of this study is to analyse how democratic legitimacy and the role of the citizens portrays within the democratic discourse of the European Union. The empirical material is based upon both speeches from the European Commission and news articles from the French newspaper Libération and the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Discourse analysis is used as a theoretical frame of reference combined with models of democracy. The results of the study is that democracy is still defined by it’s traditional values but have also shifted into being a concept combined with effectivity. This has effects on the citizens and their role in the EU has been stripped down to only legitimize the decisions, the people should simply ”say yes to yes”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för samhälls- och välfärdsstudier , 2006. , 57 p.
Keyword [en]
Democracy, EU, citizensship, discourse analysis, discourse, ideology
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-6890ISRN: LIU-ISV/SKA-D--06/27--SEOAI: diva2:22037
Available from: 2006-10-04 Created: 2006-10-04

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