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A Question of Trust

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
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Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

"A bad day for Europe"?

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
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Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

When anger masks apathy

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 real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
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

Start: Oct 10, 2012 5:00:00 PM
End: Nov 29, 2012 9:00:00 PM

29 November 2012

When
29 Nov 2012, 5.45-7.15pm

Where
Medical Sciences & Anatomy Building
Medical Sciences 131 A V Hill LT
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT


Eurozone Crisis

Eventbrite - Eurozone Crisis & the Democratic Deficit

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. 

Panel:

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
David Babbs
Executive Director, 38 Degrees
Dr Colin Provos
Department of Political Science, UCL
Chair: John Peet
The Economist


This event will be followed by a drinks reception in the Print Room Cafe.

Generously supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK

European Commission Representation