Deliberation and the problem of democratic legitimacy in the EU: Are working agreements the most that can be expected?
AbstractWhat kind of democracy does the EU require and what model of deliberative democracy can account for post-national legitimacy? The author contends that democracy can only prevail with egalitarian procedures of law making in place through which the citizens can influence the laws that affect them. A model premised on the presuppositions of an idealized discourse should be confined to some very limited sets of constitutional questions and be supplemented with a variant of democratic discourse modelled on a less demanding concept of democratic legitimacy. The concept of a working agreement is introduced in order to establish such concept legitimacy as well as to account for the constitutional developments of the EU.
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deliberative democracy; Constitution for Europe; normative political theory; constitution building; legitimacy;
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- Chen Zhao, 2008. "Deliberation or bargaining? An analysis on the Convention on the future of Europe," Asia Europe Journal, Springer, Springer, vol. 6(3), pages 427-440, November.
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