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Reconsidering the EU’s ‘democratic deficit’ – A deliberative perspective

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Title: Reconsidering the EU’s ‘democratic deficit’ – A deliberative perspective
Authors: Schmahl, Christina
Issue Date: 10-Dec-2015
Degree: Master theses
Series/Report no.: EURP MA
Abstract: The debate on the ‘democratic deficit’ of the European Union is omnipresent at times when rapid intergovernmental and insufficiently legitimised policy decisions are taken in order to resolve the effects of the current Eurozone crisis. Taking a deliberative perspective on the question whether the EU actually suffers a ‘democratic deficit’, this thesis develops an analytical framework based on the normative cornerstones of deliberative theory. Contrary to previous work, it is argued that the EU ... more
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