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The EU Commission consultation regime

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Quittkat, Christine; Finke, Barbara

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Corporate Editor Universität Mannheim, Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES)
Abstract "The present consultation regime of the European Commission is marked by the role the Commission assigns to non-governmental actors or civil society organisations (CSOs). The Commission's documents on its policy of consultation and cooperation with external non-governmental actors reveal that a reflective approach has emerged during the 1980s, referring to a more elaborate concept of 'good governance'. The gradual extension is most noticeable in the change of terminology, from ‘consultation’ (1960/70s) to 'partnership' (1980/90s) and 'participation' (1990s/2000). This trend was fostered by the recognition of 'civil society' as addressee of the Commission's consultation policy and potential source of democratic legitimacy. Yet, does today's consultation regime of the European Commission enhance democracy through participation?" (excerpt)
Keywords EU; bourgeois society; civil society; democracy; political system; organization
Classification European Politics
Free Keywords EU-Kommission
Collection Title Opening EU-governance to civil society: gains and challenges
Editor Kohler-Koch, Beate; Bièvre, Dirk de; Maloney, William
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Mannheim
Page/Pages p. 183-222
Series CONNEX Report Series, 05
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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