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Democracy in EuropeThe EU and National Polities$
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Vivien A. Schmidt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266975.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Prospects for Democracy in Europe

Conclusion: The Prospects for Democracy in Europe

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(p.267) Conclusion: The Prospects for Democracy in Europe
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Democracy in Europe
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Vivien A. Schmidt (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266975.003.0007

This concluding chapter argues that the prospects for democracy in the EU are nevertheless good so long as national leaders and national publics face up to the problems. But facing up to the problems will not be easy. For the EU level, it requires recognizing that for the time being, at least, reinforcing democracy cannot mean creating more governing by and of the people through any directly elected government. And yet more ‘democracy’ is clearly required. The difficulty is that doing more with regard to democracy butts up against the contradictions inherent in the fragmented basis of EU democracy.

Keywords:   EU, polities, nation-states, member states

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