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The case for demoicracy in the European Union


Cheneval, Francis; Schimmelfennig, Frank (2013). The case for demoicracy in the European Union. Journal of Common Market Studies, 51(2):334-350.

Abstract

The debate on the European Union's democratic deficit usually operates within a national-democratic framework of analysis. This article argues for a change in methodology. It follows the thesis that the EU is a ‘demoicracy’– a polity of multiple demoi– and has to be evaluated as such. Core principles of demoicracy are developed and the EU is assessed accordingly. Such an evaluation is not only more adequate, but also provides original insights: it is found that, whereas the constitutional development of the EU has approached demoicratic standards in general, major deficits remain at the national level.

The debate on the European Union's democratic deficit usually operates within a national-democratic framework of analysis. This article argues for a change in methodology. It follows the thesis that the EU is a ‘demoicracy’– a polity of multiple demoi– and has to be evaluated as such. Core principles of demoicracy are developed and the EU is assessed accordingly. Such an evaluation is not only more adequate, but also provides original insights: it is found that, whereas the constitutional development of the EU has approached demoicratic standards in general, major deficits remain at the national level.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
170 Ethics
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:24 May 2013 08:33
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:47
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN:1468-5965
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02262.x
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-78159

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