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Linking EU and National Governance$
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Beate Kohler-Koch

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252268

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199252262.001.0001

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Compounded Representation in EU Multi‐Level Governance

Compounded Representation in EU Multi‐Level Governance

(p.82) 5 Compounded Representation in EU Multi‐Level Governance
Linking EU and National Governance

Arthur Benz

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 applies the concept of compounded representation to analyse democracy in EU multi-level governance. From this analytical perspective it describes how different modes of democratic governance entrenched in national and European institutions, i.e. the European Parliament, the European Council and national parliaments, interfere. Based on a case study on the reform of the European structural funds, the author shows how actors tackle the problems caused by incompatible decision rules and evaluates the consequences for democracy in terms of efficiency, authentic interest representation and accountability. In this way, the chapter sheds new light on the often criticized ‘democratic deficit’ of the EU and presents proposals for its solution which lie in functional differentiation and ‘loose coupling’ of the above-mentioned representative institutions.

Keywords:   democracy, multi-level governance, European Parliament, European Council, national parliaments, structural funds, efficiency, representation, accountability, loose coupling

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