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Democratic Politics in a European Union Under Stress$
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Olaf Cramme and Sara B. Hobolt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198724483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724483.001.0001

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Democratic Standards in an Asymmetric Union

Democratic Standards in an Asymmetric Union

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Democratic Politics in a European Union Under Stress

Andreas Føllesdal

Oxford University Press

Many scholars are concerned about persistent features of the EU that hinder realistic democratic control, concerns whose urgency has increased dramatically with the euro crisis and the responses to it. A remarkable feature of these contributions is how much they differ in their diagnosis and hence prescriptions. These discussions about the democratic deficit often target the wrong problems, either because the alleged problems are misinterpreted, or because they are in fact not problems at all. Still, the EU is insufficiently democratically accountable. Some weaknesses may be temporary, yet others seem to be more entrenched in the constitutional structure of the EU. In particular, we must reconsider our democratic standards to fit an EU characterized as an asymmetrical federal order with differentiated integration.

Keywords:   democratic deficit, asymmetric federation, euro crisis, deliberation, accountability

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