Welcome to the UCL European Institute, UCL's hub for research, collaboration and information on Europe and the European Union.
In the eurozone, the EU needs greater legitimacy at the national level not only to secure space for domestic politics but also to secure respect for social and economic commitments over time.
Prof. Albert Weale
24 November 2014 More...
Starts: Nov 24, 2014 12:00:00 AM
It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014 More...
Starts: Nov 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this
so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger
13 November 2014
Starts: Nov 13, 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