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Assessing democratic legitimacy from a deliberative perspective: An analytical framework for evaluating the EU’s second pillar decision-making system


  • Anne Elizabeth Stie


In this article, I outline an analytical framework allowing for an assessment of the democratic legitimacy of the decision-making system of the EU’s second pillar with reference to five criteria. The criteria are developed on the basis of a discourse-theoretical reading of a deliberative perspective on democracy. Empirical indicators for each criterion are specified and discussed. With this analytical framework the institutional and procedural aspects of the second pillar decision-making system can be evaluated for its democratic qualities or lack thereof.

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  • Anne Elizabeth Stie, 2007. "Assessing democratic legitimacy from a deliberative perspective: An analytical framework for evaluating the EU’s second pillar decision-making system," RECON Online Working Papers Series 18, RECON.
  • Handle: RePEc:erp:reconx:p0018

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    access to documents; accountability; CFSP/ESDP; deliberative democracy; CFSP/ESDP; institutions; legitimacy; majority voting; MEPs; national parliaments; normative political theory;

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