Democratic Legitimacy in the European Union and Global Governance

Building a European Demos

  • Beatriz Pérez de las Heras

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Beatriz Pérez de las Heras
    Pages 1-4
  3. Institutional Mechanisms for Citizen Involvement and Innovative Instruments of Participatory Democracy: An Attempt to Promote an Active Citizenship and Improve the Legislative Legitimacy of the EU

  4. Legal Formalization of Fundamental Rights in the EU: Toward a More Inclusive and Politically Responsible Europe

  5. Supranational Options to Reinforce the Political Legitimacy of the EU

  6. Extending the European Democratic Model to Other Global and International Actors: The EU as an Embryo of Cosmopolitan Polity?

  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 361-361
    2. Beatriz Pérez de las Heras
      Pages 363-366
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 367-376

About this book


This book addresses one of the most relevant challenges to the sustainability of the European Union (EU) as a political project: the deficit of citizens’ support. It identifies missing elements of popular legitimacy and makes proposals for their formal inclusion in a future Treaty reform, while assessing the contribution that the EU may make to global governance by expanding a credible democratic model to other international actors. The contributors offer perspectives from law, political science, and sociology, and the 15 case studies of different aspects of the incipient European demos provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of these pertinent questions. The edited volume provides a truly interdisciplinary study of the citizens’ role in the European political landscape that can serve as a basis for further analyses of the EU’s democratic legitimacy. It will be of use to legal scholars and political scientists interested in the EU’s democratic system, institutional setup and external relations.


European demos European political integration European identity citizen involvement Citizenship of the Union citizens' initiative Charter of Fundamental Rights civil society organizations participatory governance tools European economic governance cultural integration models of external governance political participation

Editors and affiliations

  • Beatriz Pérez de las Heras
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Law, University of DeustoBilbaoSpain

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