Democracy Through Strong Publics in the European Union?

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Erik Oddvar Eriksen

University of Oslo - ARENA Centre for European Studies

John Erik Fossum

ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo

Date Written: September 2002

Abstract

This article explores the democratizing role of strong publics, which are institutionalized bodies of deliberation and decision–making. Strong publics are important to modern democracy as they subject decision–making to justificatory debate. This article evaluates selected aspects of the institutional nexus of the EU in order to see if they qualify as strong publics. The focus is on comitology, the European Parliament and the Charter Convention. These bodies vary in their status as strong publics, but to various degrees they all inject the logic of impartial justification and reason–giving into the EU system.

Suggested Citation

Eriksen, Erik Oddvar and Fossum, John Erik, Democracy Through Strong Publics in the European Union? (September 2002). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 40, Issue 3, pp. 401-424, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2163341 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-5965.00362

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John Erik Fossum

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