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Routledge Studies on Democratising Europe


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Routledge Studies on Democratising Europe focuses on the prospects for a citizens’ Europe by analysing the kind of order that is emerging in Europe. The books in the series take stock of the EU as an entity that has progressed beyond intergovernmentalism and consider how to account for this process and what makes it democratic. The emphasis is on citizenship, constitution-making, public sphere, enlargement, common foreign and security policy, and Europe society.

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Expertisation and Democracy in Europe

Expertisation and Democracy in Europe

1st Edition

Magdalena Góra, Cathrine Holst, Marta Warat
November 30, 2017

Expertisation and Democracy in Europe provides a much-needed account of the role and re-organisation of expertise and expert knowledge in Europe and the European Union in a broad range of policy spheres, contributing to the debate triggered by the recent crises. It brings novel perspectives to...

States of Democracy: Gender and Politics in the European Union

States of Democracy: Gender and Politics in the European Union

1st Edition

Yvonne Galligan
February 07, 2017

The multi-layered political system of the European Union offers a unique environment for the study of comparative democracy. Its policies seek to give effect to an agreed range of values, including that of gender equality.   This book explores gender equality and democratic politics in Europe. It...

Democratic Decision-making in the EU: Technocracy in Disguise?

Democratic Decision-making in the EU: Technocracy in Disguise?

1st Edition

Anne Elizabeth Stie
April 24, 2016

This book examines the democratic legitimacy of the European Union (EU) and evaluates the democratic credentials of the EU’s main decision-making procedure. It finds that though there is potential for democratic decision-making in the EU, the actual process is dominated by technocrats and secret...

Law, Democracy and Solidarity in a Post-national Union: The unsettled political order of Europe

Law, Democracy and Solidarity in a Post-national Union: The unsettled political order of Europe

1st Edition

Erik Oddvar Eriksen, Christian Joerges, Florian Rödl
February 28, 2016

To many, the rejections of the Constitutional Treaty by Dutch and French voters in 2005 came as a shock. However, given the many tensions and the many unresolved issues it was quite unsurprising. The challenges facing the Constitutional debate go to the core of the European integration process as...

The European Union's Non-Members: Independence under hegemony?

The European Union's Non-Members: Independence under hegemony?

1st Edition

Erik Oddvar Eriksen, John Erik Fossum
May 29, 2015

The EU is a supranational organization, whose reach and influence extends well beyond its member states, especially to the many states that have signed various forms of association agreement with it. This book asks whether qualifying states who have eschewed EU membership experience negative...

The Politicization of Europe: Contesting the Constitution in the Mass Media

The Politicization of Europe: Contesting the Constitution in the Mass Media

1st Edition

Paul Statham, Hans-Jörg Trenz
September 25, 2012

This book examines how mass media debates have contributed to the politicization of the European Union. The public controversies over the EU’s attempted Constitution-making (and its failure) sowed the seeds for a process of politicization that has advanced ever since: an increasing visibility for...

Rethinking Democracy and the European Union

Rethinking Democracy and the European Union

1st Edition

Erik Oddvar Eriksen, John Erik Fossum
November 16, 2011

While the Lisbon treaty was meant to clarify the European Union’s role and political identity, it remains a challenge for politicians and decision-makers to define. Rethinking Democracy and the European Union looks at both the concept of the EU as a political system, and analyses the meaning and...

The New Politics of European Civil Society

The New Politics of European Civil Society

1st Edition

Ulrike Liebert, Hans-Jörg Trenz
November 10, 2010

Over the past two decades, civil society has played a pivotal role in Europe, from the demise of Communist rule to the reunification of Europe, followed by the expansion of the single market to the reconstitution of democracy in the enlarged European Union. European civil society has emerged as a...

The European Union and the Public Sphere: A Communicative Space in the Making?

The European Union and the Public Sphere: A Communicative Space in the Making?

1st Edition

John Erik Fossum, Philip R. Schlesinger
June 10, 2008

The European Union is often attacked for its ‘democratic deficit’, namely its deficiencies in representation, transparency and accountability, as well as its lack of popular support. Can these shortcomings be counteracted by the development of a viable European public sphere? This book assesses the...

Questioning EU Enlargement: Europe in Search of Identity

Questioning EU Enlargement: Europe in Search of Identity

1st Edition

Helene Sjursen
October 22, 2007

This new book takes a unique approach to the study of European enlargement, tackling key questions. What kind of understanding of the EU do the enlargement processes speak to? Do decisions to enlarge mainly suggest that the EU is a free market, focusing on potential economic gains? Do they indicate...

Making The European Polity: Reflexive integration in the EU

Making The European Polity: Reflexive integration in the EU

1st Edition

Erik Oddvar Eriksen
November 22, 2006

Today’s Europe is marked by an amazing pace of integration. The European Union now consists of twenty five member states, however there is confusion and disagreement about its future design. Making The European Polity investigates how the European Union should develop and organize...

Developing a Constitution for Europe

Developing a Constitution for Europe

1st Edition

Erik Oddvar Eriksen, John Erik Fossum, Agustin Jose Menedez
May 05, 2005

This new book tackles the challenges of forging a legitimate constitution for the European Union. The EU is currently in the midst of a comprehensive process of reform. These leading authors clarify its constitutional status, taking stock of the European Charter of Fundamental...

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