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Democracy by Delegation? Who Represents Whom and How in European Governance


Richard Bellamy


University College London - Department of Political Science

Dario Castiglione


University of Exeter - Department of Politics

January 25, 2010

Government and Opposition, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
The democratic legitimacy of European governance is often said to rest on its ‘output’. However, such arguments also make the implicit ‘input’ claim that the Community Method and New Modes of Governance offer a more participatory and deliberative style of democratic politics, that are best suited to ‘represent’ the European interest. We test such claims by analysing them from three different perspectives: functional, societal and delegative. We conclude that they are grounded on a ‘substantive’ conception of representation, in which the agents of European governance ‘stand’ or ‘act’ for the European public. However, such claims are empty without formal processes of authorisation and accountability that ensure European governance effectively promotes the democratic values of political equality and responsiveness.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: EU, Governance, Democracy, Delegation, Representation

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Date posted: January 26, 2010  

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Bellamy, Richard and Castiglione, Dario, Democracy by Delegation? Who Represents Whom and How in European Governance (January 25, 2010). Government and Opposition, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1541843

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Richard Bellamy (Contact Author)
University College London - Department of Political Science ( email )
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London
United Kingdom
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HOME PAGE: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/people/richard-bellamy
Dario Castiglione
University of Exeter - Department of Politics ( email )
Amory Building
Rennes Drive
Exeter, EX4 4RJ
United Kingdom
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