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

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Simon Hix

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Government

Andreas Follesdal

Pluricourts

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Hix, Simon and Follesdal, Andreas, Why is There a Democratic Deficit in the EU? A Response to Majone and Moravcsik (2006). Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 533-562, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1682094

Simon Hix

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Government ( email )

Northampton NN7 1NE
United Kingdom

Andreas Follesdal (Contact Author)

Pluricourts ( email )

P.O. Box 6706
St. Olavs plass 5
0130 Oslo
Norway

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