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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

Publication: The Eurozone and the Democratic Deficit

17 February 2014

With contributions by Richard Bellamy, Francis Cheneval, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, Ulrike Guérot, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Philippe van Parijs and Andrew Walton.


Publication: The Eurozone and the Democratic Deficit

The Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit (2013)
ed. by Richard Bellamy and Uta Staiger

21 pages

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As EU institutions have expanded their competences into areas directly affecting national sovereignty, so have concerns over its alleged ‘democratic deficit’ deepened.The Eurozone crisis has arguably taken these concerns to a new level, given that most policy responses to date have privileged executive decisions over parliamentary scrutiny, technocratic solutions over democratic accountability. The crisis has thereby also contributed to rising public disillusionment with established political systems at all levels. Historically, economic downturns may always have affected public confidence – but is the Eurozone crisis eroding trust in the Union in an unprecedented manner? And, if so, is political union the source of the problem or its solution?

Contents:

THE DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE EUROZONE CRISIS
Richard Bellamy

DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY FOR A MONETARY UNION
Pavlos Eleftheriadis

SOLIDARITY, DEMOCRACY AND THE EUROCRISIS
Ulrike Guérot

OF BREAD, GAMES AND GLADIATORS. WHY MAGIC BULLETS WILL NOT PLACATE EU CITIZENS AND WHY WE SHOULD NURTURE A EUROPEAN DEMOICRACY INSTEAD
Kalypso Nicolaidis

THE DEMOCRATIC LEGITIMACY OF THE EU:
IS FEDERALISM THE SOLUTION OR THE PROBLEM?
Francis Cheneval

THE EURODIVIDEND
Philippe Van Parijs

FEDERALISM, PAN-EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, AND AGAINST ARTICLE 50:
A COMMENT ON THE EU’S DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT
Andrew Walton