By Beatriz Pérez de las Heras

This booklet addresses the most correct demanding situations to the sustainability of the eu Union (EU) as a political undertaking: the deficit of electorate’ aid. It identifies lacking parts of well known legitimacy and makes proposals for his or her formal inclusion in a destiny Treaty reform, whereas assessing the contribution that the ecu could make to worldwide governance via increasing a reputable democratic version to different overseas actors. The members supply views from legislations, political technology, and sociology, and the 15 case reports of alternative elements of the incipient eu demos give you the reader with a accomplished review of those pertinent questions. The edited quantity offers a really interdisciplinary learn of the electorate’ position within the ecu political panorama that could function a foundation for additional analyses of the EU’s democratic legitimacy. it will likely be of use to criminal students and political scientists drawn to the EU’s democratic method, institutional setup and exterior relations.

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Following an analysis of recent experiences arising out of the implementation of these political and legal developments, this book identifies some missing features and proposes that they be included in the EU’s forthcoming democratic agenda. The promotion of culture as a tool of citizen participation and social cohesion, the establishment of a European economic government, the definition and implementation of a European social system and the diplomatic protection of citizens’ rights and interests by EU delegations are some of the innovations that could significantly reconnect citizens with the EU and transform it into a truly democratic political community, based on the solidarity of states and citizens, as well as economic and social progress.

The chapter highlights at the outset that the role of citizens in EU integration was negligible, and that each of the recent treaties only gradually added instruments that would enable a more direct civic engagement with EU institutions. It problematizes the democratic deficit further, and asks if participatory and representative democratic channels are equally important in the EU’s strategies and what this means for citizens and policy-makers in the EU multilevel governance system. The second section responds to these questions and provides a preliminary evaluation of the impact of these instruments on policy-makers and the citizenry.

The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the EU in 2012 was both a recognition and a stimulus to keep a steady course on this shared voyage that began in 1950 and which now journeys through a cosmopolitan landscape. NOTES 1. Article 2 of TEU provides that “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society where pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail”.

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