How to Democratize the European Union...and Why Bother? - Governance in Europe Series (Paperback)Philippe C. Schmitter (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 229 x 147 x 12 mm
This book offers a series of ingenious propositions aimed at making the European Union more democratic. . . . Along with pitching sensible proposals concerning citizenship, Schmitter offers a system of representation that would make the European Parliament less of a conglomeration of national representatives and more of a forum for creating genuine European parties. He also addresses EU decisionmaking, arguing for dividing member states into three clusters and establishing a requirement of concurrent majorities. Europe-wide referendums, including those on the method of designing European institutions, are another suggestion. His argument about the EU's need for democratization is convincing. * Foreign Affairs *
The greatest asset of this book lies in its ability-with its coherent set of original proposals-to make the reader reconsider the ways in which the nature of the Euro-polity is peculiar and problematic. * International Affairs *
A refreshingly practical, yet theoretically sophisticated, extended essay that offers a number of 'modest (and some less modest)' suggestions for reform of the EU intended cumulatively to effect a 'reinvention' of its citizenship, representation and decision making structures. This is an exhilarating work, timely and relevant . . . deserves to be read by anyone concerned with the fate of the EU. * Political Theory *
A thought-provoking book that suggests that it may be timely to begin to improve the quality of Euro-democracy through some modest reforms in the way citizenship, representation and decision-making are practised within the institutions of the European Union. * European Access Plus *
Schmitter offers here a pointed description, as comprehensive as it is concise, of the daunting agenda of building a future democratic European polity. Building such a polity involves a gain for all in the long run, but also a very definite loss for member polities and their sovereignty in the short run. How can short-run rationality be stopped from killing long-term objectives? Schmitter's original and tightly argued set of proposals suggest how this can be accomplished. --Claus Offe, Humboldt University, Berlin -- Claus Offe, Humboldt University, Berlin
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