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The European Union and the People$
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Mette Elise Jolly

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213078.001.0001

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Debating democracy in the EU

Debating democracy in the EU

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(p.27) 2 Debating democracy in the EU
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The European Union and the People
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Mette Elise Jolly

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213078.003.0002

This chapter opens with a review of the literature on democracy in the European Union. The most commonly raised ‘deficits’ are discussed, including the argument that the EU lacks accountability, the notion that qualified majority voting can be viewed as undemocratic, the alleged problems caused by extensive lobbying, the social critique, and the socio-psychological argument. It is argued that the socio-psychological question is the most fundamental as this underlies all other discussions about the future of the EU and the EU institutions.

Keywords:   democratic deficit, legitimacy, EU institutions, multi level governance, vertical democracy, horizontal democracy, accountability, demos, input/output legitimacy, qualified majority voting

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