Compounded Representation in EU Multi‐Level Governance

Arthur Benz

in Linking EU and National Governance

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780199252268
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601040 | DOI:
 Compounded Representation in EU Multi‐Level Governance

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Chapter 5 applies the concept of compounded representation to analyse democracy in EU multi-level governance. From this analytical perspective it describes how different modes of democratic governance entrenched in national and European institutions, i.e. the European Parliament, the European Council and national parliaments, interfere. Based on a case study on the reform of the European structural funds, the author shows how actors tackle the problems caused by incompatible decision rules and evaluates the consequences for democracy in terms of efficiency, authentic interest representation and accountability. In this way, the chapter sheds new light on the often criticized ‘democratic deficit’ of the EU and presents proposals for its solution which lie in functional differentiation and ‘loose coupling’ of the above-mentioned representative institutions.

Keywords: democracy; multi-level governance; European Parliament; European Council; national parliaments; structural funds; efficiency; representation; accountability; loose coupling

Chapter.  11884 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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