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Democracy and legitimacy in the European Union revisited : input, output and throughput

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Schmidt, Vivien

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Abstract Whether their analytic frameworks focus on institutional form and practices or on its interactive construction, scholars have analyzed the EU’s democratic legitimacy mainly in terms of the trade-offs between the output effectiveness of EU’s policies outcomes for the people and the input participation by and representation of the people. Missing is theorization of the “throughput” efficiency, accountability, transparency, and openness to consultation with the people of the EU’s internal governance processes. The paper argues that adding this analytic category facilitates assessment of these legitimizing mechanisms’ interdependencies and facilitates consideration of reforms that could turn this democratic trilemma into a “virtuous circle”.
Keywords EU; democracy; legitimacy; EU policy; decision making process; transnationality; transparency; political participation; governance; identity formation
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Free Keywords throughput legitimacy; tranparency; accountability
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
City Berlin
Page/Pages 32 p.
Series KFG Working Paper Series, 21
ISSN 1868-7601
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications