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Fixing the EU Democratic Deficit: An Instrumental View of Citizenship?

Damay, Ludivine and Mercenier, Heidi (2015) Fixing the EU Democratic Deficit: An Instrumental View of Citizenship? [Conference Proceedings] (Submitted)

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    Introduction: One of the main contributions of sociological approaches to the academic debates about the European Union (EU) democratic deficit is to focus on the social acceptance of the EU. Nowadays, EU institutions themselves seem to share the same focus on citizens’ subjective perceptions. Indeed, fostering a sense of belonging to the EU becomes one of the strategies to fix the EU democratic deficit and strengthen its legitimacy. For EU institutions, it is necessary to bring the citizen closer to the EU as this would provide, at least partly, the solution to the democratic deficit. Hence, sociological approaches should now widen their focus, so to include the effects and adequacy of these EU policies among their research objects. Our paper aims at furthering sociological approaches by taking into account at the same time citizens’ perceptions and European institutions’ policies engaging with these representations. We argue that the vision of citizenship promoted by EU institutions through different policies is very often reduced to its instrumental dimension.

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    Item Type: Conference Proceedings
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > European citizenship
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > democracy/democratic deficit
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    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2015 (14th), March 4-7, 2015
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 16:58
    Number of Pages: 15
    Last Modified: 11 Jul 2017 16:58

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