Problems of Democratic Control in European Security and Defense Politics â€“ a View from Peace and Conflict Research
Since EU members have agreed to establish integrated military forces and to decide jointly on their deployment in European institutions, the EUâ€™s â€œdemocratic deficitâ€ is no longer confined to issues of common market governance but also includes foreign, security and defense politics. Drawing on recent debates in peace and conflict research, I will argue that a democratic deficit in European security and defense politics is not only worrying for its own sake but also because a growing body of literature regards the democratic control of security and defense politics as the best guarantee to maintain peaceful and cooperative relations with other states.
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