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"EU democratisation: From patchy democracy to party democracy"

Attina, Fulvio. (1997) "EU democratisation: From patchy democracy to party democracy". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    This paper is divided in six sections. Section one briefly reviews the debate on democratisation as the unifying issue of different sub-disciplines of political science. Section two draws attention to an explanatory scheme of the European integration as a process prompted also by democratic aims and bound to democracy. The third section is concerned with the formation of the common political identity of the Europeans as the condition for the operation of common democratic institutions and processes. In section four, the past experience, present situation and possible evolution of party politics in the European Union is examined because the paper argues that political parties are still essential actors of democracy. The fifth section examines and criticises the hypothesis of forwarding the role of the national parliaments to reduce the democratic deficit of Community decision-making. Since the paper argues that parliamentary institutions are important to democracy, the final section proposes to revitalise party politics and integration in the European Union by assigning the European Parliament and the national parliaments the fundamental power of selecting the Commission President in collaboration with the Euro and national parties and the national governments.

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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 > governance: EU & national level
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > democracy/democratic deficit
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 27
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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