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Limits of Participatory Democracy in European Governance

Kutay, Acar LU (2015) In European Law Journal 21(6). p.803-818
Abstract
The Lisbon Treaty (Article 11) recognises the provision on participatory democracy as a democratic principle of the European Union (EU), thus constitutionally legitimising the involvement of civil society in European governance. However, at least three issues relating to the democratic dimension of this practice remain unresolved. First, it is not possible to specify precisely how the participation of civil society relates to democracy. Second, having established representative democracy as the founding democratic principle of the EU (Article 10), the Lisbon Treaty does not allow assessing the provision on participatory democracy as an independent source for democracy. Third, the putative democratising potential of participation would not... (More)
The Lisbon Treaty (Article 11) recognises the provision on participatory democracy as a democratic principle of the European Union (EU), thus constitutionally legitimising the involvement of civil society in European governance. However, at least three issues relating to the democratic dimension of this practice remain unresolved. First, it is not possible to specify precisely how the participation of civil society relates to democracy. Second, having established representative democracy as the founding democratic principle of the EU (Article 10), the Lisbon Treaty does not allow assessing the provision on participatory democracy as an independent source for democracy. Third, the putative democratising potential of participation would not be construed independently, not only because representative democracy is defined as the founding principle of the EU but also because participation cannot be thought of as independent from the form of the consultation regime, the constitutional framework and the managerial and technocratic styles of policy-making. (Less)
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European Law Journal
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21
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803 - 818
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Wiley-Blackwell
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1468-0386
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10.1111/eulj.12156
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  author       = {Kutay, Acar},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {803--818},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {European Law Journal},
  title        = {Limits of Participatory Democracy in European Governance},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eulj.12156},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2015},
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