The Response of the Parties in the 2014 Elections
This is the third book devoted to research on the positions of various national parties concerning European integration, in this case focused on the question of the so-called democratic deficit in the EU. The severe crisis that began in 2008 has highlighted more than ever the serious design problems of the common currency – the Euro – and the dysfunctional institutional architecture in the community unable to provide quick and effective responses to correct growing regional imbalances and serious social inequalities. More particularly, this has reached a stage in Europe in which the insufficient degree of democracy – despite some partial progress – can be seen as its main political problem and this is what will be analysed in this book. Indeed, it is increasingly untenable to continue ceding limitless parcels of national sovereignty to the EU with no democratic redress, that is, with no substantial compensation at the community level with institutional controls, procedural transparency and solid mechanisms of popular participation in decision-making processes. There is an often told yet meaningful in-joke circulating among civil servants in the community: if the EU were a state and requested admission to itself today, it would have to be turned down … for being insufficiently democratic!
The debate on democratic deficit has a long history – dating back clearly to the Treaty of Maastricht (1993) – and in this research its main dimensions are addressed at the levels of institution, procedure and social legitimacy. The first chapter discusses the EU as a very particular political...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.