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Politics of European Integration: Political Union or a House Divided? by Andrew Glencross

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10

Democracy in the European Union

Contents
10.0 Introduction: More Integration, More Democracy?
10.1 Democratic Accountability in the EU: Beyond Majoritarianism
10.1.1 Accountability without majoritarianism
10.2 The Democratic Deficit Debate
10.2.1 The procedural critique of EU democracy: A lack of responsiveness to citizens
10.2.2 The normative critique of EU democracy: The narrowing of political alternatives
10.2.3 The case against a democratic deficit
10.3 Enhancing Democracy in the EU
10.3.1 Adding parliamentary or presidential features
10.3.2 Developing transnational parties and enhancing indirect accountability
10.3.3 Obstacles to enhancing EU democracy
10.4 Concluding Summary
Learning Objectives
  • to identify the differences between majoritarian and non-majoritarian forms of democracy;
  • to analyze what the EU's non-majoritarian democracy consists of and what role indirect accountability plays within it;
  • to distinguish between arguments for and against the claim that there is a democratic deficit in the EU;
  • to analyze the grounds on which the EU is said not to be responsive to its citizens and to assess the validity of this criticism;
  • to identify suggestions for how to improve EU democracy and evaluate how feasible they are;
  • to evaluate the risks associated with changing democratic accountability in the EU and what this means for whether it will happen.

10.0 Introduction: More Integration, More Democracy?

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