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Inventing the EU as a democratic polity : concepts, actors and controversies
Éditeur Palgrave Macmillan
Année copyright 2019
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Inventing the EU as a democratic polity : concepts, actors and controversies
1 volume (XIV-309 pages) ; 22 cm
Bibliographie en fin de chapitres. Index
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Inventing the EU as a democratic polity: introduction ; Part I. The theoretical and methodological toolkit ; Conceptualising representative democracy in the EU ; Towards a reflexive perspective on political concepts ; Studying conceptual change via European integration: a research agenda ; Studying conceptual controversies in this book ; Part II. Inventing the EU as a democratic polity ; Inventing the EU: but as a democratic polity or a balance of powers ? ; Towards the bases of representative democracy: Parliament, citizenry and government ; Who did it, when and how ? Treaty changes, law implementation and interinstitutional micro-politics ; A dynamic perspective on the EP's power gains: studying interinstitutional micro-politics ; Inventing and shaping EU citizens ; Part III. The EU as a supranational democratic polity ? ; A defective supranational democracy ? Government, parliament, head of state in the EU system ; Parliamentarism and the European Parliament ; European council: government, parliament, president or congress of ambassadors ? ; Citizenship and democracy in the EU ; Part IV. The inner market, multi-level governance and democracy ; Democracy in the European Union in times of global financialised capitalism ; Citizenship, social rights and democracy ; Parliaments versus executives in the financial crisis ; Conclusion: the EU as a democratic polity ?
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.
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