Democracy in Europe

Democracy in Europe
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Legitimising Politics in a Non-State Polity
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Artikel-Nr:
9781782388005
Veröffentl:
1998
Einband:
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Seiten:
192
Autor:
Heidrun Abromeit
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Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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Since the beginning of the European Community students of international politics and of international, resp. Constitutional law, have been wondering what kind of animal it is, and will be, once integration has been completed. Whereas the EC Treaty of 1957 stressed the economic aspects and envisioned a steady and dynamic progress towards a Single Market, it was conspicuously silent about the political implications of integration and the new democratic order. What is needed, so the author argues in this powerful and original contribution to the debate on democratisation of the European Union, is a flexible system that supplements the European decision-making process with various direct democratic instruments such as the use of referenda. These would serve to increase the accountability of the politicians without demanding or requiring a definitive resolution of the exact constitutional status of the Union.

Since the beginning of the European Community students of international politics and of international, resp. Constitutional law, have been wondering what kind of animal it is, and will be, once integration has been completed. Whereas the EC Treaty of 1957 stressed the economic aspects and envisioned a steady and dynamic progress towards a Single Market, it was conspicuously silent about the political implications of integration and the new democratic order. What is needed, so the author argues in this powerful and original contribution to the debate on democratisation of the European Union, is a flexible system that supplements the European decision-making process with various direct democratic instruments such as the use of referenda. These would serve to increase the accountability of the politicians without demanding or requiring a definitive resolution of the exact constitutional status of the Union.

Foreword
List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. Introduction


Chapter 2. Incompatibilities



  • The Concept of ‘Sovereignty’

  • Federalism

  • Democracy

  • Conclusion


Chapter 3. Inadequate Solutions



  • The Recent Reform Debate

  • Parliamentarisation

  • Multi-Cameralism

  • Federalism

  • Conclusion


Chapter 4. In Search of an Adequate Model: Theoretical Considerations



  • Contract Theory

  • Fiscal Federalism

  • Concepts of Group Representation

  • Network Analysis and Game Theory

  • New Normative Democratic Theory

  • Conclusion


Chapter 5. A Proposal for the Democratisation of the EU



  • The Practical Task

  • A System of Veto Rights

  • Regional Subunits: the Assignment of Powers

  • Sectoral Subunits: How to Distinguish Them

  • Procedures

  • Some Illustrations

  • A Summary of the Proposal


Chapter 6. Major Objections



  • Democratic Ambivalence (or: How Democratic is Democracy?)

  • Democracy vs. Efficiency

  • Biases and Asymmetries

  • The acquis communautaire


Chapter 7. Models and Realities


Bibliography
Index

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