Towards a Supranational Democracy?

Jürgen Neyer

in The Justification of Europe

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641246
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745591 | DOI:
Towards a Supranational Democracy?

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Chapter Four shows that a majoritarian form of democratic legitimacy is irreconcilable with supranationality. Most of the important structural elements of supranationality simply fail to harmonize with the essential principles of democracy. European supranationality is built on normative principles that are clashing with the democratic prerequisites of individual political equality, of an encompassing public sphere and of a broad political problem-solving capacity. That does not mean, however, that the EU is illegitimate. It fosters justificatory discourses among the member states and helps to democratize member state democracies. It thus is a necessary condition for domestic democracy without being democratic itself.

Keywords: democracy; non-democratic standards of legitimacy

Chapter.  6502 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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