The discussion about a constitution for the European Union and its rejection by referendum in two of the EU founding member states has once again spurred public and scholarly interest in the democratic quality and potential of the European Union. Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union brings together distinguished thinkers from law, political science, sociology, and political philosophy to explore the potential for democratically legitimate governance in the European Union. Drawing on different theoretical perspectives and strands from democratic theory, this volume is the best resource for students and readers who are interested in democracy in the European Union.
Beate Kohler-Koch holds the Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration at the University of Mannheim. Berthold Rittberger is chair of political science and contemporary history at the University of Mannheim.
Chapter 1: Charting Crowded Territory: Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union Part I: Democracy: The Constitutional Principle of the EU Chapter 2: A Disputed Idea Becomes Law: Remarks on European Democracy as a Legal Principle Part II: What Future for Parliamentary Democracy in the EU? Chapter 3: Expanding National Parliamentary Control: Does it Enhance European Democracy? Chapter 4: The European Parliament between Policy-Making and Control Chapter 5: Constructing Parliamentary Democracy in the European Union: How Did It Happen? Chapter 6: Parliamentary Representation in a Decentred Polity Part III: The Public Sphere and Civil Society: Pre-Requisites for Democratically Legitimate Rule-Making Chapter 7: Pre-Requisites of Transnational Democracy and Mechanisms of Sustaining it: The Case of the European Union Chapter 8: The Europeanization of Protest: A Typology and Empirical Evidence Part IV: Democracy and Political Participation Chapter 9: Participatory Governance and European Democracy Chapter 10: Some Considerations on Participation in Participatory Governance Chapter 11: The Organization of Interests and Democracy in the European Union Part V: Deliberative Democracy Chapter 12: The Euro-Polity in Perspective: Some Normative Lessons from Deliberative Democracy Chapter 13: Reconceptualizing the Supremacy of European Law: A Plea for a Supranational Conflict of Laws