Trans-National Democratic Innovation in the European Union: Flirting with Deliberative and Plebiscitary Design

21 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2013

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

The Treaty of the European Union has ushered in a new trans-national democratic institution: the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). Prior to this plebiscitary innovation, the EU had experimented with a series of trans-national deliberative designs. This paper explores the emergence and impact of these very different democratic innovations which aim to increase and deepen citizen participation in the European political process. Particular attention is paid to the role of the aborted European Constitution in affecting the trajectory of democratic reform. The paper offers an analysis of the democratic characteristics of these different deliberative and plebiscitary designs, in particular their potential to realise trans-national citizenship.

Suggested Citation

Smith, Graham, Trans-National Democratic Innovation in the European Union: Flirting with Deliberative and Plebiscitary Design (2013). APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper; American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2299603

Graham Smith (Contact Author)

University of Westminster ( email )

309 Regent Street
London, W1R 8AL
United Kingdom

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