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The Long Road to a Democratic Networked European Union

  • Kyriakos Mikelis
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Abstract

The chapter offers a critical appraisal of the perspectives over European integration in terms of new governance and particularly networks. This specific case of regional integration has anyway raised intriguing issues, regarding the content and role of democracy, legitimacy, accountability and representation. The road leading to a networked European entity or a networked democracy might still be long, although networked processes or functions have already entailed serious consequences, both practically and normatively. Consequently, democracy appears to be the inevitable—albeit complex—guide during the respective course. In this framework, it is imperative to distinguish between the recognition of the feasibility per se of a post-majoritarian or post-liberal democracy and the correspondence of the emerging European realities to the relevant criteria. Simply put, the current literature tends to emphasize the challenges that the EU poses for political theory or organization as well as for (representative) democracy. This needs not to be refuted, but it still needs to be analyzed dialectically with the fact that democracy itself (however complex or even ambiguous) sets challenges, not to be taken lightly, for the emergence of the euro-polity.

Keywords

European Union Policy Network Network Governance Multilateral Negotiation Democratic Quality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MacedoniaThessalonikiGreece

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