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The European UnionDemocratic Principles and Institutional Architectures in Times of Crisis$
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Simona Piattoni

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716273

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716273.001.0001

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The European Union

The European Union

Legitimating Values, Democratic Principles, and Institutional Architectures

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(p.3) 1 The European Union
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The European Union
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Simona Piattoni

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716273.003.0001

This chapter argues that we should stick to democracy as a legitimating value for the European Union as opposed to alternatives such as non-domination, tolerance, and justice. It argues that the practical implementation of these alternatives would lead to the creation of institutions not dissimilar from those that we would associate with a minimal definition of democracy as ‘political equality with public control’, and that consequently there is no need to relinquish democracy as a foundational value for EU legitimacy. The chapter identifies in the heightened interdependence of EU states and peoples a challenge to contemporary democracy—not just EU, but national democracy more generally—and offers an overview of the democratic principles—delegation, representation, participation, accountability, transparency, and responsiveness—and institutional architectures which are analysed in this book. The book is divided into two parts: the first analyses the democratic principles and the second discusses the institutional architectures.

Keywords:   democracy, non-domination, tolerance, justice, delegation, representation, participation, accountability, transparency, responsiveness

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