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Panel statement on "Democracy Without ‘A People’"

Stein, Eric. (1999) Panel statement on "Democracy Without ‘A People’". In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    I want to speak briefly about the criticism directed at the European Union not only by the usual Euroskeptics and Cassandras but also by presumably objective, friendly observers. The core of the criticism is the insufficient citizen participation in, and control over, policy that has resulted from moving political authority from the national to the supranational Community level. The various strains of this criticism are subsumed under the heading of “democratic deficit,” a series of discrete but related concepts such as lack of popular representation, lack of legitimacy and transparency, lack of accountability, and distance between the decision-making institutions and the citizens. The public debate over this issue gained in intensity in the early 1990s; as it expanded to include the more general issue of the Union’s future shape, other concepts such as solidarity and identity came to the fore.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > democracy/democratic deficit
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > legitimacy
    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 > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 13
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2397

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