Finn Laursen
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In pursuit of influence and legitimacy

Denmark has established a complex policy co-ordination system that usually allows it to speak with one voice in Brussels. It has also established a system with more democratic political control than exists in most other European Union (EU) countries. Seen in connection with the continued scepticism among the Danish electorate about further integration, this has occasionally made Denmark a difficult partner. The other side of the story, however, is that Denmark has been good at implementing EU legislation. The early involvement of the interest organisations and administrative agencies that will implement legislation has made this part of the process a success story. It can be concluded that the Danish political leadership is still struggling with a not-so-permissive consensus among the Danish public when it comes to European integration. Or, put differently, the quest for legitimacy remains somewhat illusory.

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