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The Unfinished Democratization of Europe$
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Erik O. Eriksen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572519.001.0001

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Introduction: European Democracy in Transformation

Introduction: European Democracy in Transformation

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: European Democracy in Transformation
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The Unfinished Democratization of Europe
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Erik O. Eriksen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572519.003.0001

This Introduction spells out some of the supranational aspects of the multi-level constellation that makes up the European Union, which distinguish it from an ordinary international organization. Then, the presumption of democracy as the legitimation principle of power is outlined, and the question of why constitutionalism rather than state sovereignty comes to the fore in a post-Westphalian order is discussed. Thereafter, theories of European democracy are revisited and three different positions are outlined. Lastly, an overview of the following chapters is presented.

Keywords:   European Union, constitutionalism, cosmopolitanism, democratic theory, European democracy, deliberative democracy, post-national democracy, governance, public sphere, state sovereignty

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