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dc.contributor.authorWalker, Neil
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-12T16:55:38Z
dc.date.available2017-12-12T16:55:38Z
dc.date.issued2007-09
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/55036
dc.descriptionPart Three of the Constitution Trilogy
dc.description.abstractThe paper argues that the resilient democratic deficit of the EU is closely connected to its equally longstanding ‘sovereignty surplus.’ The division and competition of sovereignty between member states and the EU has created a more crowded space of overlapping polities, each requiring democratic legitimation but each also with the propensity to detract from the democratic capacity of the others. Secondly, the very gravity and divisiveness of what is at stake for the various parties involved and positions implicated in the sovereignty surplus renders the question of the proper diagnosis and treatment of the ensuing democratic deficit highly controversial and, indeed, sharply polarized. Thirdly and finally, and bringing us to the current constitutional controversy and mid-life crisis, the sovereignty surplus also makes the question of praxis - of how to secure the very ground of initiative necessary to develop and act on a more inclusively resolved diagnosis and treatment of the democratic deficit – whatever that may be, difficult if not intractable.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMario Einaudi Center for International Studies
dc.subjectDemocracy
dc.subjectEuropean Union
dc.subjectConstitutional Treaty
dc.subjectAutonomy
dc.subjectDemocratic Deficit
dc.titleEurope at 50 – A Mid-life Crisis? ‘Democratic Deficit’ and ‘Sovereignty Surplus’
dc.typereport


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