Democracy in the European Union

CEPS Working Document No. 286

20 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2009

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Stefano Micossi

Associazione italiana delle società per azioni

Date Written: February 22, 2008


In this Working Document, Stefano Micossi, Director General of Assonime, argues that once the Union is recognised for what it is - an innovative polity, where power is shared by a large number of players with many participation and influence-wielding mechanisms, - it becomes apparent that on the whole it complies with democratic legitimisation standards no less than do member states, even if multiple, and potentially conflicting legitimisation channels and principles may confuse observers.

Keywords: Politics and Institutions, Institutional Affairs

Suggested Citation

Micossi, Stefano, Democracy in the European Union (February 22, 2008). CEPS Working Document No. 286. Available at SSRN: or

Stefano Micossi (Contact Author)

Associazione italiana delle società per azioni ( email )

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+39 06 69529214 (Phone)

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