Why is There a Democratic Deficit in the EU? A Response to Majone and Moravcsik
Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 533-562, 2006
30 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2010
Date Written: 2006
Giandomenico Majone and Andrew Moravcsik have argued that the EU does not suffer a ‘democratic deficit.’ We disagree about one key element: whether a democratic polity requires contestation for political leadership and over policy. This aspect is an essential element of even the ‘thinnest’ theories of democracy, yet is conspicuously absent in the EU.
Keywords: democratic deficit, EU, democratic polity
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