The European Union and the People by Mette Elise Jolly

By Mette Elise Jolly

The ecu Union is usually accused of getting a 'democratic deficit'. Many commentators argue that this would be remedied by way of expanding the powers of the eu Parliament relative to these of the Council and the fee. as the EP is the EU's basically at once elected physique it truly is taken without any consideration that it's also the main valid. the writer argues that this place is predicated at the fallacious assumption that the character of the eu citizenry is identical to these of the member states. In different phrases, the placement assumes that the union has a demos, or a humans, who're ready to just accept majority results even if discovering themselves within the minority. during this booklet the writer argues that this isn't the case and that the main serious size of the democracy challenge isn't procedural, yet socio-psychological. the truth that the european doesn't have a humans implies that developing an EU-wide democracy according to analogies to household political structures is probably going to steer to another lack of democratic legitimacy. the european can depend on output legitimacy in coverage components which don't require pan-European harmony and id and within which policy-making at EU-level raises potency and thereby merits all voters. besides the fact that, coverage parts which require excessive degrees of unity or a standard identification should still both stay absolutely in the kingdom states, or be topic to intergovernmental instead of supranational decision-making at EU-level.

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Likewise, precisely because the knowledge of the policy elites is specialized, their expert knowledge ordinarily provides too narrow a base for the instrumental judgements that an intelligent policy would require. (Dahl 1989: 337) (5) The expansive judiciary argument: It has been suggested that the European Court of Justice uses its rulings to promote integration thereby continuously expanding its own powers (Weiler 1981; Rasmussen 1986). 37 Debating Democracy in the EU Hix refers to this phenomenon as ‘activism by the ECJ’ (Hix 2005: 136).

As this document has not been ratified it is the current treaties that regulate potential exit and there is disagreement as to what would happen if a state chose to leave. According to Majone most scholars believe such behaviour would be illegal (see Majone 2005: 216), however, it is difficult to see what the Union could do should a state decide to leave. g. the Stability and Growth Pact), the Union would probably have to let a country leave if it wanted to. In order to accommodate inequalities as regards desires for integration of policy areas, a framework for enhanced cooperation exists which was 16 Introduction also incorporated into the Constitution (article 43).

But such links are precisely that, that is, additions to the institutional and legal framework and could exist—to varying degrees—in any of the models discussed in Chapter 4. 1. Conceptualizing the Demos In Chapter 5, one suggestion as to how the demos concept could be operationalized is offered. This chapter builds on the conclusions reached in Chapter 3, that is, that the social dimension of the demos can be divided into two categories, the ethnocultural dimension and the subjective– emotional dimension.

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