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Representation, the Locus of Democratic Legitimation and the Role of the National Parliaments in the European Union

Richard S. Katz

in The European Parliament, National Parliaments, and European Integration

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296607
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599620 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296606.003.0002
 Representation, the Locus of Democratic Legitimation and the Role of the National Parliaments in the European Union

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The democratic legitimation of national governments involves conformity to two generally accepted principles: that legitimation takes place with reference to a national demos, and that both governors and government policy derive transparently from direct elections among coherent political parties. The manifest failure of the EU to satisfy these principles has given rise to the idea of a ‘democratic deficit’. This chapter discusses alternatives to direct legitimation through top‐tier institutions of party government, in particular, through focusing on the role of national parliaments in European governance and on liberal models of democracy. The differences and the more important similarities between the attitudes of survey respondents from national parliaments and the EP are explored in this context.

Keywords: democratic deficit; democratic legitimation; national parliaments

Chapter.  8029 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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