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Citizens' Involvement in European Union Politics - Towards a More Participatory Democracy?

Nentwich, Michael. (1995) Citizens' Involvement in European Union Politics - Towards a More Participatory Democracy? In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    This paper presents a comprehensive stock-taking of opportunity structures for citizens participation in EU politics. In doing so, it analyses the various channels for involvement or participation such as petitioning the European Parliament, writing letters to the Commission, participating in European elections, etc. The paper will argue that a closer look at the EC institutions' work during the few years since the adoption of the Maastricht Treaty reveils that significant trends towards an increased focus on citizens' involvement are already taking place. However, as will be shown here, only indirect and non-binding, largely informal opportunity structures for citizens participation have been implemented so far.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > European elections/voting behavior
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > democracy/democratic deficit
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1995 (4th), May 11-14, 1995
    Depositing User: Dr. Michael Nentwich
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2003
    Page Range: p. 33
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:14
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/110

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