Why There is a Democratic Deficit in the EU: A Response to Majone and Moravcsik

30 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2006  

Andreas Follesdal

Pluricourts

Simon Hix

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

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.

Suggested Citation

Follesdal, Andreas and Hix, Simon, Why There is a Democratic Deficit in the EU: A Response to Majone and Moravcsik. Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 533-562, September 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=924666 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2006.00650.x

Andreas Follesdal (Contact Author)

Pluricourts ( email )

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Norway

Simon Hix

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

Northampton NN7 1NE
United Kingdom

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