Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union

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Beate Kohler-Koch, Berthold Rittberger
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - 392 Seiten
The discussion about a constitution for the European Union and its rejection by referendum in two of the EU founding member states has once again spurred public and scholarly interest in the democratic quality and potential of the European Union. Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union brings together distinguished thinkers from law, political science, sociology, and political philosophy to explore the potential for democratically legitimate governance in the European Union. Drawing on different theoretical perspectives and strands from democratic theory, this volume is the first of its kind to overcome the present state of fragmentation in the debate about the conditions and possible remedies for what is often called the "democratic deficit" of the European Union. Among the pressing questions addressed by the contributors are: What future is there for parliamentary democracy in the European Union? Can we observe the evolution of a European public sphere and civil society? Can participatory democracy or deliberative democracy pave the road for a democratically legitimate European Union? Conversations about democracy have engaged the public in a new way since the beginning of the Iraq war, and this volume is the best resource for students and readers who are interested in democracy in the European Union. Contributions by: Rudy B. Andeweg, Katrin Auel, Arthur Benz, Lars-Erik Cederman, Damian Chalmers, Deirdre Curtin, Donatella Della Porta, Klaus Eder, Erik O. Eriksen, Ulrich Haltern, Hubert Heinelt, Doug Imig, Christian Joerges, Beate Kohler-Koch, Christopher Lord, Paul Magnette, Andreas Maurer, Jeremy Richardson, Berthold Rittberger, Rainer Schmalz-Bruns, Michael Th. Greven, Hans-Jörg Trenz, and Armin von Bogdandy
 

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Charting Crowded Territory Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union
1
A Disputed Idea Becomes Law Remarks on European Democracy as a Legal Principle
33
A Comment on Von Bogdandy
45
Expanding National Parliamentary Control Does It Enhance European Democracy?
57
The European Parliament between PolicyMaking and Control
75
A Comment on Auel Benz and Maurer
102
Constructing Parliamentary Democracy in the European Union How Did It Happen?
111
Parliamentary Representation in a Decentered Polity
139
Participatory Governance and European Democracy
217
Some Considerations on Participation in Participatory Governance
233
A Comment on Heinelt and Greven
249
The Organization of Interests and Democracy in the European Union
255
A Comment on KohlerKoch
272
The EuroPolity in Perspective Some Normative Lessons from Deliberative Democracy
281
A Comment on SchmalzBruns
304
Reconceptualizing the Supremacy of European Law A Plea for a Supranational Conflict of Laws
311

A Comment on Rittberger and Lord
157
Prerequisites of Transnational Democracy and Mechanisms for Sustaining It The Case of the European Union
165
A Comment on Eder and Trenz
182
The Europeanization of Protest A Typology and Empirical Evidence
189
A Comment on Della Porta
209
A Comment on Joerges
329
References
345
Index
381
About the Contributors
387
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Über den Autor (2007)

Beate Kohler-Koch holds the Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration at the University of Mannheim. Berthold Rittberger is chair of political science and contemporary history at the University of Mannheim.

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