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Technocracy in Disguise?
This book examines the democratic legitimacy of the European Union (EU) and evaluates the democratic credentials of the EU’s main decision-making procedure. It finds that though there is potential for democratic decision-making in the EU, the actual process is dominated by technocrats and secret...
Published November 15th 2012 by Routledge
Contesting the Constitution in the Mass Media
This book examines how mass media debates have contributed to the politicization of the European Union. The public controversies over the EU’s attempted Constitution-making (and its failure) sowed the seeds for a process of politicization that has advanced ever since: an increasing visibility for...
Published September 24th 2012 by Routledge
While the Lisbon treaty was meant to clarify the European Union’s role and political identity, it remains a challenge for politicians and decision-makers to define. Rethinking Democracy and the European Union looks at both the concept of the EU as a political system, and analyses the meaning and...
Published November 15th 2011 by Routledge
Over the past two decades, civil society has played a pivotal role in Europe, from the demise of Communist rule to the reunification of Europe, followed by the expansion of the single market to the reconstitution of democracy in the enlarged European Union. European civil society has emerged as a...
Published November 9th 2010 by Routledge
The unsettled political order of Europe
To many, the rejections of the Constitutional Treaty by Dutch and French voters in 2005 came as a shock. However, given the many tensions and the many unresolved issues it was quite unsurprising. The challenges facing the Constitutional debate go to the core of the European integration process as...
Published July 3rd 2008 by Routledge
A Communicative Space in the Making?
The European Union is often attacked for its ‘democratic deficit’, namely its deficiencies in representation, transparency and accountability, as well as its lack of popular support. Can these shortcomings be counteracted by the development of a viable European public sphere? This book assesses the...
Published June 9th 2008 by Routledge
Europe in Search of Identity
This new book takes a unique approach to the study of European enlargement, tackling key questions. What kind of understanding of the EU do the enlargement processes speak to? Do decisions to enlarge mainly suggest that the EU is a free market, focusing on potential economic gains? Do they indicate...
Published October 21st 2007 by Routledge
Reflexive integration in the EU
Today’s Europe is marked by an amazing pace of integration. The European Union now consists of twenty five member states, however there is confusion and disagreement about its future design. Making The European Polity investigates how the European Union should develop and organize...
Published November 21st 2006 by Routledge
This new book tackles the challenges of forging a legitimate constitution for the European Union. The EU is currently in the midst of a comprehensive process of reform. These leading authors clarify its constitutional status, taking stock of the European Charter of Fundamental...
Published May 4th 2005 by Routledge