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Author Lacey, Joseph, author

Title Centripetal democracy : democratic legitimacy and political identity in Belgium, Switzerland, and the European Union / Joseph Lacey
Edition First edition
Published Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017
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Contents 1.2 Democratic Purpose and the Principles of Democratic Process1.2.1 The Principle of Democratic Equality; 1.2.2 The Democratic Difference Principle; 1.3 Instituting the Democratic Purpose; 1.4 Navigating Democratic Theory; Chapter 2: The Democratic Enactment of Representation; 2.1 Representation as Fact; 2.2 Representation as (Political and Democratic) Activity; 2.2.1 Political Representation; 2.2.2 Democratic Representation; 2.3 Representation as (Democratic) Value; 2.3.1 The Virtues of Good Democratic Representation; 2.3.2 Perversions of Democratic Purpose; 2.4 Centripetal Democracy
4.1.2 The Undesirability of European Democracy4.1.3 The Satisfactory Nature of European Democracy; 4.2 Statespeoples ́Control in the EU; 4.2.1 Statespeoples ́Control of EU Membership; 4.2.2 Statespeoples ́Control of Treaty-Making; 4.2.3 Statespeoples ́Control of the EuropeanCouncil and the Council; 4.3 Citizens ́Control in the EU; 4.3.1 Citizens ́Control of the Commission; 4.3.2 Citizens ́Control of the European Parliament; 4.3.3 Citizens ́Control of the European Central Bank; 4.3.4 Technocracy, Collusion, and Populism in the EU; 4.4 The Public Sphere and the Role of Civil Society
4.4.1 Discursive Participation4.4.2 Mobilization; 4.5 The Democratic Deficit in Summary; Conclusion to Part II; Part III Testing the Lingua Franca Thesis; Chapter 5: Belgium Versus the Lingua Franca Thesis; 5.1 Political Community Formation in Belgium; 5.1.1 Francophone Linguistic Dominance Versus Flemish Language Equality; 5.1.2 Flemish Communalism Versus Francophone Regionalism; 5.1.3 Francophone Federalism Versus Flemish Confederalism/Separatism; 5.1.4 The Belgian Demos-Demoi Relationship; 5.2 Consociationalism and Federalism in Belgium; 5.3 Democracy in Belgium; 5.3.1 The Belgian Voting Space Compound
Conclusion to Part IPart II: Democratic Legitimacy and Political Identity in the EU; Chapter 3: A Conceptual Map of the EU; 3.1 Why Demoi-cracy?; 3.2 Demoi-cracy and the Meaning of Demos; 3.3 Demoi-cracy: A Dual Compound Regime of Deep Diversity; 3.3.1 Deep Diversity and Europeś Community of Ignorance; 3.3.2 Dual Compound Regime and European Governance; 3.4 The Demoi-Demos Relationship; Chapter 4: A Democratic Assessment of European Demoi-cracy; 4.1 The Impossibility, Undesirability, and Satisfactory Nature of European Democracy; 4.1.1 The Impossibility of European Democracy
Cover; Centripetal Democracy: Democratic Legitimacy and Political Identity in Belgium, Switzerland, and the European Union; Copyright; Dedication; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; I.1 The Problematic; I.2 JUSTIFYING THE COMPARATIVE APPROACH; I.3 OVERVIEW OF THE PROJECT; Part I: Democratic Legitimacy and Political Identity; Chapter 1: Democratic Process and Democratic Purpose; 1.1 An Account of Democratic Process; 1.1.1 The Idea of a Voting Space; 1.1.2 The Structure of Democratic Process; 1.1.3 Equality, Competition, and Inclusion
Summary This volume offers a model of democratic legitimacy for the European Union
Notes An updated and Revision of the author's thesis, carried out at the European University Institute's Department of Political and Social Sciences and defended in June 2015
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Democracy -- Belgium
Democracy -- European Union countries
Democracy -- Switzerland
Legitimacy of governments -- European Union countries
Political participation -- Belgium
Political participation -- Switzerland
Legitimacy of governments.
Political participation.
Europe -- European Union countries.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191838578
0192517147 (electronic bk.)
9780192517142 (electronic bk.)