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Title Democracy in the European Union : integration through deliberation? / edited by Erik Oddvar Eriksen and John Erik Fossum
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2000
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 310 pages)
Contents Book Cover; Title; Contents; Notes on contributors; Preface; Post-national integration; Beyond the nation-state? On some consequences of economic globalization; Deliberative supranationalism in the EU; The uses of democracy: reflections on the European democratic deficit; Subsidiarity and democratic deliberation; Constitution-making in the European Union; The anonymous hand of public reason: interparliamentary discourse and the quest for legitimacy; Challenging the bureaucratic challenge; Demanding public deliberation: the Council of Ministers; some lessons from the Anglo-American history
Can the European Union become a sphere of publics?Indigenous rights and the limitations of the nation-state; Conclusion: legitimation through deliberation; Bibliography; Name index; Subject index
Summary The European Union is widely held to suffer from a democratic deficit, and this raises a wider question: can democracy at all be applied to decision-making bodies beyond the nation state? Today, the EU is a highly complex entity undergoing profound changes. This book asks how the type of cooperation that the EU is based on can be explained; what are the integrative forces in the EU and how can integration at a supra-national level come about? The key thinkers represented in this volume stress that in order to understand integration beyond the nation state, we need new explanatory categories associated with deliberation because a supranational entity as the EU posesses far weaker and less well-developed means of coercion - bargaining resources - than do states. The most appropriate term to denote this is the notion of 'deliberative supranationalism'. This pioneering work, headed by major writers such as Habermas, Schlesinger and Bellamy, brings a new perspective to this key issue in contemporary politics and political theory
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 270-297) and indexes
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Subject European Union.
Form Electronic book
Author Eriksen, Erik Oddvar, 1955-
Fossum, John Erik.
LC no. 99039942
ISBN 0203465121 (electronic bk.)
0415225914 (hbk.)
0415225922 (paperback)
9780203465127 (electronic bk.)
9780415225915 (hbk.)
9780415225922 (paperback)