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The Democratic Surplus that Constitutionalised the European Union: Establishing Democratic Governance through Intermediate Institutions

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This article questions the very foundation of the doctrine of a so-called “democratic deficit” in the EU. Yet in order to argue beyond nationalist myths, clear-cut concepts are necessary. Speaking about democracy in the EU, the article exposes four dimensions that constitute a “democratic surplus.” It offers, first, a narrative of European integration that does not insist on an identity logic of democratic sovereignty and self-determination; on the contrary, a differentiated and deconstructed constitution of a network society of intermediate institutions seems more realist. Contrary to the classical nation-state, the EU, secondly, is not build by nobles and monarchs, nor by war. Third, a separation of powers is obvious. And fourth, this article demonstrates how the EU rescued the democratic nation-state.
Bidragets oversatte titelDet dermokratiske overskud, der konstitutionaliserede den Europæiske Union: Etablering af demokratisk styring via intermediære institutioner
TitelThe Evolution of Intermediary Institutions in Europe : From Corporatism to Governance
RedaktørerPoul F. Kjaer, Eva Hartmann
Antal sider17
ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (trykt)978-1-137-48451-2
StatusUdgivet - 2015


  • EU, demokrati, forfatningsret, konstituionalisme, magtdeling, Habermas, Kelsen

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