Jan W. van Deth
The 'Good European Citizen' Congruence and Consequences of Different Points of View

European Political Science, 2009: 8, issue 2, pp. 175–189
ISSN: 1680-4333

In a search for the 'good European citizen', the prevalent views of European Union (EU) policymakers, civil society bodies, and citizens are confronted. The civil society and ordinary citizens are both content with strengthening the position of civil society and not increasing the participatory demands on citizens. Ideas among EU policymakers about civil society as a means to integrate citizens and to close the gap between citizens and the EU are misplaced and incongruent with other images of the 'good European citizen'.