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Democracy, Sovereignty and the European Union

Democracy, Sovereignty and the European Union

  • Author: Michael Newman
  • Publisher: C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS
  • ISBN: 9781850652557
  • Category: Democracy
  • Page: 236
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This text examines key questions in democracy, drawing on traditional concepts of political thought and empirical evidence to clarify the current situation. It offers critical insights into the EU and some of the arguments frequently used in its defence

Democracy in Europe

Democracy in Europe

The EU and National Polities

  • Author: Vivien A. Schmidt
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199266972
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 317
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This eagerly awaited volume, from a leading scholar on Europeanization, explores the impact of European integration on national democracies. Focusing on the case studies of France, Britain, Italy, and Germany, this is an exciting contribution to work on the implications of European integration for democratic government.

Parliament for Europe

Parliament for Europe

  • Author: David Marquand
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: European Parliament
  • Page: 147
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Democracy in the European Union

Democracy in the European Union

Integration Through Deliberation?

  • Author: Erik Oddvar Eriksen,John Erik Fossum
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134589921
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 328
  • View: 388
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The European Union is widely held to suffer from a democratic deficit, and this raises a wider question: can democracy at all be applied to decision-making bodies beyond the nation state? Today, the EU is a highly complex entity undergoing profound changes. This book asks how the type of cooperation that the EU is based on can be explained; what are the integrative forces in the EU and how can integration at a supra-national level come about? The key thinkers represented in this volume stress that in order to understand integration beyond the nation state, we need new explanatory categories associated with deliberation because a supranational entity as the EU posesses far weaker and less well-developed means of coercion - bargaining resources - than do states. The most appropriate term to denote this is the notion of 'deliberative supranationalism'. This pioneering work, headed by major writers such as Habermas, Schlesinger and Bellamy, brings a new perspective to this key issue in contemporary politics and political theory.

A Certain Idea of Europe

A Certain Idea of Europe

  • Author: Craig Parsons
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • ISBN: 9780801472961
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 249
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The quasi-federal European Union stands out as the major exception in the thinly institutionalized world of international politics. Something has led Europeans—and only Europeans—beyond the nation-state to a fundamentally new political architecture. Craig Parsons argues in A Certain Idea of Europe that this "something" was a particular set of ideas generated in Western Europe after the Second World War. In Parsons's view, today's European Union reflects the ideological (and perhaps visionary) project of an elite minority. His book traces the progressive victory of this project in France, where the battle over European institutions erupted most divisively. Drawing on archival research and extensive interviews with French policymakers, the author carefully traces a fifty-year conflict between radically different European plans. Only through aggressive leadership did the advocates of a supranational "community" Europe succeed at building the EU and binding their opponents within it. Parsons puts the causal impact of ideas, and their binding effects through institutions, at the center of his book. In so doing he presents a strong logic of "social construction"—a sharp departure from other accounts of EU history that downplay the role of ideas and ideology.

Democratic Politics in the European Parliament

Democratic Politics in the European Parliament

  • Author: Simon Hix,Abdul G. Noury,Gérard Roland
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139464795
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: N.A
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With the European Parliament comprising politicians from many different countries, cultures, languages, national parties and institutional backgrounds, one might expect politics in the Parliament to be highly-fragmented and unpredictable. By studying more than 12,000 recorded votes between 1979 and 2004 this 2007 book establishes that the opposite is in fact true: transnational parties in the European Parliament are highly cohesive and the classic 'left-right' dimension dominates voting behaviour. Furthermore, the cohesion of parties in the European Parliament has increased as the powers of the Parliament have increased. The authors suggest that the main reason for these developments is that like-minded MEPs have incentives to form stable transnational party organizations and to use these organizations to compete over European Union policies. They suggest that this is a positive development for the future of democratic accountability in the European Union.

Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union

Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union

  • Author: Beate Kohler-Koch,Berthold Rittberger
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 9780742554924
  • Category: History
  • Page: 392
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Recoge: 1. Democracy. -- 2. What future for parliamentary democracy in the EU. -- 3. The public sphere and civil society: prerequisites for democratically legitimate rule making. -- 4. Democracy and political participation. -- 5. Deliberative democracy.

The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability

The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability

  • Author: Mark Bovens,Robert E. Goodin,Thomas Schillemans
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191002577
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 800
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Over the past two decades public accountability has become not only an icon in political, managerial, and administrative discourse but also the object of much scholarly analysis across a broad range of social and administrative sciences. This handbook provides a state of the art overview of recent scholarship on public accountability. It collects, consolidates, and integrates an upsurge of inquiry currently scattered across many disciplines and subdisciplines. It provides a one-stop-shop on the subject, not only for academics who study accountability, but also for practitioners who are designing, adjusting, or struggling with mechanisms for accountable governance. Drawing on the best scholars in the field from around the world, The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability showcases conceptual and normative as well as the empirical approaches in public accountability studies. In addition to giving an overview of scholarly research in a variety of disciplines, it takes stock of a wide range of accountability mechanisms and practices across the public, private and non-profit sectors, making this volume a must-have for both practitioners and scholars, both established and new to the field.

The Lisbon Treaty

The Lisbon Treaty

A Legal and Political Analysis

  • Author: Jean-Claude Piris
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 113948835X
  • Category: Law
  • Page: N.A
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Given the controversies and difficulties which preceded the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty, it is easy to forget that the Treaty is a complex legal document in need of detailed analysis for its impact to be fully understood. Jean-Claude Piris, the Director General of the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union, provides such an analysis, looking at the historical and political contexts of the Treaty, its impact on the democratic framework of the EU and its provisions in relation to substantive law. Impartial legal analysis of the EU's functions, its powers and the treaties which govern it make this the seminal text on the most significant recent development in EU law.

Accountability and European Governance

Accountability and European Governance

  • Author: Deirdre Curtin,Peter Mair,Yannis Papadopoulos
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317999568
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 264
  • View: 9865
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In recent years there has been a considerable effort in some transnational organizations and institutions to confront a crisis of legitimacy by promising more accountability and openness. This volume takes as its central focus the role of accountability in democratic governance, and attempts to position a broad understanding of the notion of accountability within the overall context of the evolving political system of governance in Europe and in particular of the European Union. Bringing together new work by some of the leading scholars in the field, this volume considers the relationship between accountability and a wide range of other themes in European governance such as problems of representation, transparency, bureaucracy, and transnational relations. The volume also deals with the role of accountability in multi-level governance, and its relationship to both direct democracy and civil society. This book was published as a special issue of West European Politics.