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Participation in EU Rule-MakingA Rights-Based Approach$
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Joana Mendes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599769

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599769.001.0001

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Participation beyond Procedural Rights

Participation beyond Procedural Rights

(p.78) Chapter 3 Participation beyond Procedural Rights
Participation in EU Rule-Making

Joana Mendes

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 seeks to understand the development and meaning of participatory mechanisms in the EU. It provides a broad view on the role of participation in the EU political system, which it contrasts with the largely missing rights-based participation. This chapter highlights the origins of interest representation in the European integration process, going back to the European Coal and Steel Community. Furthermore, it describes the forms of participation that permeate the EU institutional set-up, in particular through committees, agencies and consultation procedures. In each case, it draws attention to the underlying rationales of participation. Chapter 3 reveals the continuity between the long-standing practices of interest representation and the participation practices that have been developed under the so-called new modes of governance. Moreover, it characterises interest representation as a constitutive feature of the EU institutional set-up, defending its constitutional significance.

Keywords:   interest representation, committees, agencies, interest groups, consultation procedures, EU governance, new modes of governance

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