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The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell
an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or
make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As a closer look at the European
Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be
non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the
long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...
Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit
Publication date: Nov 3, 2011 10:29:13 AM
Oct 10, 2012 5:00:00 PM
End: Nov 29, 2012 9:00:00 PM
29 November 2012
There have been longstanding concerns regarding the democratic standards of the EU and its capacity to engage with citizens. This oft-invoked ‘democratic deficit’ specifically concerns the incomplete development of instruments of parliamentary democracy at the EU level, such as: the accountability of decision-making bodies to the electorate; party-political competition with rival programmes and ideologies; the capacity of public opinion-formation to influence policy development; and the balance between executive power and parliamentary oversight.
At all times hotly debated, these concerns have deepened as EU institutions have expanded their competences and moved into policy areas directly affecting core areas associated with national sovereignty. Certain responsibilities in areas involving expertise or basic rights have long been delegated, albeit controversially, to agencies to a greater or lesser independent of direct government or electoral control (such as central banks and regulatory authorities). Yet increasingly, Europeanization and wider globalising trends, has led to policies that were previously the exclusive competence of national governments (such as fiscal and social policies, or the implications of non-discrimination on grounds of nationality), to be constrained by non-majoritarian institutions that are only partially and often very indirectly under domestic political control.
Arguably, these developments have contributed to the rising public disillusionment with established political systems at all levels, the upsurge of populist fringe parties, and new calls for the re-nationalisation of competences. Increasingly, the EU is criticised as a supposedly biased actor, dominated by certain state or economic actors, and imposing policies on Member States and citizens alike “from the outside”.
The panel on the 29th of November, part of a seminar series sponsored by the European Commission office in London, will address these issues from different policy maker/stakeholder perspectives.
|Sir John Gieve||Former Bank of England and Visiting Professor at UCL|
Lord Roger Liddle
||Chair of the Board Policy Network and Labour member of the UK House of Lords|
||Executive Director, 38 Degrees|
Dr Colin Provos
||Department of Political Science, UCL|
Chair: John Peet
This event will be followed by a drinks reception in the Print Room Cafe.
Generously supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK