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The Future of European Democracy

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor William Outhwaite

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Abstract

Given that we have democracy of a kind in most of Europe, and that there seems a reasonable prospect of its survival in, and extension to the rest of, the sub-continent, this article asks whether and to what extent we also need European-level democratic politics and how we might hope to achieve this, against the background of the current crisis. This chapter examines the ‘democratic deficit’ in the EU and the tensions between its formal decision-making structures and the growth of what has been called ‘executive federalism’, and also between collective planning and deregulation.


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Author(s): Outhwaite W

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Social Theory

Year: 2014

Volume: 17

Issue: 3

Pages: 326-342

Print publication date: 01/05/2014

ISSN (print): 1368-4310

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7137

Publisher: Sage Publications

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368431014530930

DOI: 10.1177/1368431014530930


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