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Introducing fiscal federalism in the EU - A way to counteract the democratic deficit?

Walther, Daniel LU (2011) STVM17 20111
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The member states of the European Union face a two-fold democratic challenge; both from the increased relevance of global economic forces and from the gradual strengthening of a still democratically deficient EU. By using a mixture of empirical findings and theoretical analysis to assess the causal mechanisms likely to ensue, the ability of European fiscal federalism to ameliorate this situation is assessed. Granting the EU fiscal competences could serve both to bring some currently footloose economic forces under shared democratic control and to alleviate the union's democratic deficit by encouraging new types of political contestation. One of the union's democratic problems is that the elections to the European parliaments are primarily... (More)
The member states of the European Union face a two-fold democratic challenge; both from the increased relevance of global economic forces and from the gradual strengthening of a still democratically deficient EU. By using a mixture of empirical findings and theoretical analysis to assess the causal mechanisms likely to ensue, the ability of European fiscal federalism to ameliorate this situation is assessed. Granting the EU fiscal competences could serve both to bring some currently footloose economic forces under shared democratic control and to alleviate the union's democratic deficit by encouraging new types of political contestation. One of the union's democratic problems is that the elections to the European parliaments are primarily fought by national parties over national issues, and granting the EU a core set of fiscal competences could, as it has in established federations, contribute to a more coherent party structure and to more substantive, issue-based electoral campaigns (Less)
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author
Walther, Daniel LU
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STVM17 20111
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
European Union, democratic deficit, fiscal federalism, scientific realism
language
English
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1967144
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2011-06-20 15:23:20
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  abstract     = {The member states of the European Union face a two-fold democratic challenge; both from the increased relevance of global economic forces and from the gradual strengthening of a still democratically deficient EU. By using a mixture of empirical findings and theoretical analysis to assess the causal mechanisms likely to ensue, the ability of European fiscal federalism to ameliorate this situation is assessed. Granting the EU fiscal competences could serve both to bring some currently footloose economic forces under shared democratic control and to alleviate the union's democratic deficit by encouraging new types of political contestation. One of the union's democratic problems is that the elections to the European parliaments are primarily fought by national parties over national issues, and granting the EU a core set of fiscal competences could, as it has in established federations, contribute to a more coherent party structure and to  more substantive, issue-based electoral campaigns},
  author       = {Walther, Daniel},
  keyword      = {European Union,democratic deficit,fiscal federalism,scientific realism},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Introducing fiscal federalism in the EU - A way to counteract the democratic deficit?},
  year         = {2011},
}