The European Union: Democratic Principles and Institutional Architectures in Times of Crisis

Hardcover | August 16, 2015

EditorSimona Piattoni

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This book seeks to answer the question "Which institutional architecture for which kind of democracy for the EU?" by bringing two important recent debates together - the institutional analysis of the Union and its democratic assessment. The book examines a series of institutional architecturesin light of the democratic quality of the processes and decisions generated by them. The discussion of these various institutional architectures is preceded by an analysis of the democratic values and principles according to which institutional architectures and governance structures should be assessed. The first part of the volume starts from key democratic principles and indicateswhich institutional architectures are most likely to embody them. The second part is dedicated to those institutional architectures that best describe the current state of the European Union and its likely future development, particularly given the impact of the current economic crisis. Thefundamental belief that animates this volume is that it is only by paying attention to the democratic legitimacy of the Union that the process of European integration may hope to be sustainable, particularly in the face of the difficult economic crisis that the members of the Euro-area and the Unionin general are experiencing.

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This book seeks to answer the question "Which institutional architecture for which kind of democracy for the EU?" by bringing two important recent debates together - the institutional analysis of the Union and its democratic assessment. The book examines a series of institutional architecturesin light of the democratic quality of the p...

Simona Piattoni (BA/MA Economics, Bocconi University; PhD Political Science, MIT) is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento, Italy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:August 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART I - Introduction1. Simona Piattoni: The European Union: Legitimating Values, Democratic Principles and Institutional ArchitecturesPART II - Democratic Principles2. John Erik Fossum and Johannes Pollak: Which Democratic Principles for the European Union? What Deficit?3. Hans Agne: Popular Power in the European Union: Delegated or Alienated?4. Ben Crum and Deirdre Curtin: The Challenge of Making European Union Executive Power Accountable5. Stijn Smismans: Democratic Participation and the Search for a European Union Institutional Architecture that Accommodates Interests and Expertise6. Sandra Kroger: Democratic Representation as the Normative and Organizing Principle of the European UnionPART III - Institutional Architectures7. Kalypso Nicolaidis: Demoicratic Theory and Europe's Institutional Architecture in Times of Crisis8. Michael Burgess: Federal Imperatives in the Institutional Evolution of the European Union9. Sergio Fabbrini: Alternative Views: Which Institutional Architecture for a Political Union?10. Arthur Benz: Multilevel Governance in the European Union: Loosely-Coupled Arenas of Representation, Participation and Accountability11. Jurgen Neyer: Empowering the Sovereign: National Parliaments in European Union Monetary and Financial PolicyPART IV - Conclusion12. Simona Piattoni: European Union Institutional Architectures: Structural Tensions, Dynamic Forces and the Advantages of Hapticity