Democracy Without Democracy? Can the EU's Democratic 'Outputs' be Separated from the Democratic 'Inputs' Provided by Competitive Parties and Majority Rule?

Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 17, pp. 2-19, 2010

22 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2010 Last revised: 12 Sep 2010

Richard Bellamy

University College London - Department of Political Science; European University Institute

Date Written: January 11, 2010

Abstract

Various European Union (EU) analysts suggest that although a democratic deficit exists from the perspective of ‘input’ democracy, democratic processes such as competitive parties and majority rule are neither necessary nor suitable to secure democratic ‘outputs’ of the kind the EU delivers. This article disputes this claim. ‘Input’ arguments are vital to the legitimacy of decision-making in the EU’s policy areas, and the non- and counter-majoritarian mechanisms these analysts advocate have perverse rather than beneficial effects on the quality of ‘outputs’.

Keywords: Democratic deficit, input and output democracy, majority rule

Suggested Citation

Bellamy, Richard, Democracy Without Democracy? Can the EU's Democratic 'Outputs' be Separated from the Democratic 'Inputs' Provided by Competitive Parties and Majority Rule? (January 11, 2010). Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 17, pp. 2-19, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1534958

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