Centripetal Democracy: Democratic Legitimacy and Political Identity in Belgium, Switzerland, and the European Union by Joseph LaceyCentripetal Democracy: Democratic Legitimacy and Political Identity in Belgium, Switzerland, and the European Union by Joseph Lacey

Centripetal Democracy: Democratic Legitimacy and Political Identity in Belgium, Switzerland, and…

byJoseph Lacey

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Centripetal democracy is the idea that legitimate democratic institutions set in motion forms of citizen practice and representative behaviour that serve as powerful drivers of political identity formation. Partisan modes of political representation in the context of multifaceted electoral anddirect democratic voting opportunities are emphasised on this model. There is, however, a strain of thought predominant in political theory that doubts the democratic capacities of political systems constituted by multiple public spheres. This view is referred to as the lingua franca thesis onsustainable democratic systems (LFT). Inadequate democratic institutions and acute demands to divide the political system (through devolution or secession), are predicted by this thesis.By combining an original normative democratic theory with a comparative analysis of how Belgium and Switzerland have variously managed to sustain themselves as multilingual democracies, this book identifies the main institutional features of a democratically legitimate European Union and theconditions required to bring it about. Part One presents a novel theory of democratic legitimacy and political identity formation on which subsequent analyses are based. Part Two defines the EU as a demoi-cracy and provides a thorough democratic assessment of this political system. Part Threeexplains why Belgium has largely succumbed to the centrifugal logic predicted by the LFT, while Switzerland apparently defies this logic. Part Four presents a model of centripetal democracy for the EU, one that would greatly reduce its democratic deficit and ensure that this political system doesnot succumb to the centrifugal forces expected by the LFT.
Joseph Lacey is the Junior Research Fellow in Politics at University College, and affiliated with the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute's Department of Political and Social Sciences.
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Title:Centripetal Democracy: Democratic Legitimacy and Political Identity in Belgium, Switzerland, and…Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:May 6, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart One: Democratic Legitimacy and Political Identity1. Democratic Process and Democratic Purpose2. The Democratic Enactment of RepresentationPart Two: Democratic Legitimacy and Political Identity in the EU3. A Conceptual Map of the EU4. A Democratic Assessment of European Demoi-cracyPart Three: Testing the Lingua Franca Thesis - Belgium and Switzerland Compared5. Belgium Versus the Lingua Franca Thesis6. Switzerland Versus the Lingua Franca ThesisPart Four: Implications for Democratic Legitimacy and Political Identity in the EU7. Modelling Centripetal Democracy for the EUThe Argument in Summary