Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology

Inventing the EU as a Democratic Polity

Concepts, Actors and Controversies

Authors: Wiesner, Claudia

  • Offers a different view of the EU as a polity to discuss its so-called deficit of democratic legitimacy
  • Concentrates on the range of controversies related to democracy, representation and parliament in the EU system
  • Focuses on the concepts defining European Integration as socially constructed and indicators of the reality they describe
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The EU as a democratic polity has been invented: it is a product of creative and innovative actors and thinkers that conceptualized and by and by helped to realise it, from the beginning up to the present. But the concepts, ideas, and utopias of a democratic Europe differ considerably. The processes of inventing and building a democratic EU are marked by conceptual controversies in both public and academic debates. These are the resource for the present book, which focuses on the concepts, actors and controversies related to inventing the EU as a democratic polity. The chapters study exemplary long-term and detail cases related to inventing and institutionalizing the decisive elements of representative democracy in the EU—a parliament, citizens that vote for it in universal suffrage and governmental bodies that are linked to parliament in much the same way as government is in a parliamentary democracy.

About the authors

Claudia Wiesner is Professor for Political science at Fulda University of Applied Sciences and adjunct Professor in Political Science at JyväskyläUniversity, Finland. Her main research interests lie in the comparative study of democracy, political culture and political sociology in the EU multilevel system. Wiesner´s second field of research is Public Policy, its evaluation, reform and theory.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Inventing the EU as a Democratic Polity: Introduction

    Wiesner, Claudia

    Pages 1-22

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  • Conceptualising Representative Democracy in the EU

    Wiesner, Claudia

    Pages 25-42

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  • Towards a Reflexive Perspective on Political Concepts

    Wiesner, Claudia

    Pages 43-56

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  • Studying Conceptual Change via European Integration: A Research Agenda

    Wiesner, Claudia

    Pages 57-69

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  • Studying Conceptual Controversies in This Book

    Wiesner, Claudia

    Pages 71-81

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inventing the EU as a Democratic Polity
Book Subtitle
Concepts, Actors and Controversies
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94415-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94415-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94414-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 309
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