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Citizens’ deliberations and the EU democratic deficit – Is there a model for participatory democracy?

Abels, Gabriele. (2008) Citizens’ deliberations and the EU democratic deficit – Is there a model for participatory democracy? In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    There is a longstanding debate on the EU’s democratic deficit. Recently, the EU has responded to this by including the idea of participatory democracy in the Lisbon treaty. This corresponds to first experiments with means for citizens’ participation that are rooted in the idea of participatory and deliberative democracy and supported by the EU Commission. In contrast to interest group politics, these attempts aim at including ‘normal’, i.e. non-interested and unorganized citizens into policy-making. Examples of such ‘democratic experimentalism’ are the citizens’ deliberation ‘Meeting of Minds’ or the European Citizens’ Consultations on Europe’s future. The objective of the paper is to discuss these models and their specific problems against the background of the general democratic deficit debate. The key questions are: Are these examples ‘best practices’? What are their effects? And what can we learn from them for the possibilities of participatory governance in the EU?

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Additional Information: ECPR - Standing Group on the European Union Fourth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics 25 to 27 September 2008, Riga, Latvia
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > information technology policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > democracy/democratic deficit
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > general
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Abels
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2009
    Page Range: p. 31
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:03
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9772

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