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Governing Europe

How to Make the EU More Efficient and Democratic

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Edited By Lorenzo Vai, Pier Domenico Tortola and Nicoletta Pirozzi

This book is a collection of the contributions to the Governing Europe project, which tackles the current situation and the future developments of the European mechanism of governance, putting forward a series of policy and institutional recommendations for the medium and long term, aimed at improving the democratic nature and the effectiveness of the European decision-making processes.

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Toward European Electoral and Party Systems (Enrico Calossi)

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Toward European Electoral and Party Systems

Enrico CALOSSI

1.   The EU democracy vs “normal” democracies

Speculating about the existence of an electoral system and a party system in the European Union (EU) leads directly to the question of whether it is possible to speak about a proper European democracy. Any discussion on democracy can only start from the existing models and notions. Inevitably, those models are furnished by the political systems of the EU member states (MSs), i.e. those systems that are considered “normal” by Europeans.1

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