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Europe: Project and Process

Citizens, Democracy, Participation


Susana del Río Villar

With this book the author wants to convey the relevance of two vectors that are part of the European integration and the EU’s personality: the value to be both project and process. The key themes of the book are European supranational democracy; the participation of the civil society in the EU; the interaction between European citizens and the European institutions; education as a key element of active citizenship; solidarity, participation, and communication «in European»; and the necessary formulation of what Dr. Susana del Rio calls: a new European politics, where a shared responsibility is fundamental to the achievement of a quality European democracy. The author emphasizes that, to restore public credibility in politics, representative democracy has to lead the way, as representative democracy is complemented by participatory democracy.
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Chapter 4. Concrete Results that Establish a Tendency


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Concrete Results that Establish a Tendency

4.1 Introduction: Where Are We? Where Are We Going to?

The first response to the first of these questions could be: We are in Europe and we continue to build Europe. This is what Europe is. The second one will arise from what Europe, with its institutions, governments and citizens, embarks on.

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