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Defining a new political contract for the EU

The EU is faced with the challenges of fashioning practices and institutions that reconcile the conflicting demands on political representatives from their international partners and their domestic constituents. This has been particularly manifest in the eurozone recently, but it reflects a deeper challenge which also concerns non euro-area members such as the UK.
Prof Albert Weale (UCL SPP)
19 March 2015 More...

Starts: Mar 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Don’t let the Paris murderers win

Professor Laborde warns against the reactivist response to the Paris murders: they misunderstand the role played by free speech and by laïcité. Further, they allow criminals to set the term of the debate on how to better facilitate Muslim integration if France.
Professor Cécile Laborde
26 February 2015 More...

Starts: Feb 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Britain and EU reform

Piet Eeckhout revisits the question of EU reform, including different options for and legal as well as political constraints of such reform.
Professor Piet Eeckhout
20 January 2015 More...

Starts: Jan 20, 2015 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