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Democratic Legitimacy in the European Union and Global Governance

Building a European Demos

Editors: Pérez de las Heras, Beatriz (Ed.)

  • Offers the first detailed interdisciplinary study on citizens’ place and role in the European political construction landscape 
  • Serves as a basis for further and deeper analyses of the EU’s democratic legitimacy 
  • Includes perspectives from law, political science and sociology, covering different aspects of the incipient European demos
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About this book

This book addresses one of the most relevant challenges to the sustainability of the European Union (EU) as a political project: the deficit of citizens’ support. It identifies missing elements of popular legitimacy and makes proposals for their formal inclusion in a future Treaty reform, while assessing the contribution that the EU may make to global governance by expanding a credible democratic model to other international actors. The contributors offer perspectives from law, political science, and sociology, and the 15 case studies of different aspects of the incipient European demos provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of these pertinent questions. The edited volume provides a truly interdisciplinary study of the citizens’ role in the European political landscape that can serve as a basis for further analyses of the EU’s democratic legitimacy. It will be of use to legal scholars and political scientists interested in the EU’s democratic system, institutional setup and external relations.

About the authors

Beatriz Pérez de las Heras is Professor of European Union Law at the University of Deusto, Spain, where she holds the Jean Monnet Chair on European Integration. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto, and Academic Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on European Union Law and International Relations. 

Reviews

“This book is an important contribution to the debate on the European Union’s future as a democratic and supranational polity. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the most serious challenges facing the EU in this regard today, but also explores different options for strengthening the EU’s democratic credentials and helps create a European demos to sustain the EU polity. It should be interesting reading for scholars as well as practitioners and any citizen interested in the future of the EU.” (Dr. Alberto Priego, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas-ICADE, Spain)

“This book offers a timely and insightful analysis about the theories and realities of democratic participation in Europe. Despite all the buzz around the so called EU democratic deficit, the EU offers many, yet underused, avenues for civic participation, including via national parliaments, the Charter, ECIs, and public consultations. At a time of unprecedented turmoil in Europe, the challenge ahead is to extend equivalent levels of transparency, participation and inclusiveness to the EU economic and fiscal governance.” (Professor Alberto Alemanno, NYU School of Law, USA)

“In these times of superimposed crises (economic-financial, institutional, of refugees), the EU must improve its mechanisms of democratic legitimization. This is the only way to change from a technocratic and functional – or rather dysfunctional, due to its slow and complex decision-making procedures – to a project anchored in public participation and support. This book is a timely analysis of the instruments for citizen participation that might lead an active citizenry to acquire a feeling of collective ownership of the European project.” (Professor José Luis de Castro, University of the Basque Country, Spain)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Heras, Beatriz Pérez de las

    Pages 1-4

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  • Institutional Instruments for Citizen Involvement and Participation: Their Impact on the EU’s Political Processes and Institutional Legitimacy

    Thiel, Markus (et al.)

    Pages 9-39

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  • The European Citizens’ Initiative as Democratic Legitimacy-Enhancing Tool: Toward a Broader Conceptualization

    Borońska-Hryniewiecka, Karolina (et al.)

    Pages 41-63

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  • From Legislative Controllers to Policy Proponents: The Evolving Role of National Parliaments in EU Multi-Level Governance

    Borońska-Hryniewiecka, Karolina

    Pages 65-86

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  • European Civil Society and ‘Participatory’ Governance Tools: The Impact of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and Platform

    Thiel, Markus

    Pages 87-111

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Buy this book

eBook 118,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-41381-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 149,79 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-41380-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Democratic Legitimacy in the European Union and Global Governance
Book Subtitle
Building a European Demos
Editors
  • Beatriz Pérez de las Heras
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41381-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41381-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-41380-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 376
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 illustrations in colour
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