Democratic Dilemmas of Multilevel Governance: Legitimacy, Representation and Accountability in the European Union / Edition 1

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The 'democratic deficit' of the European Union is a much discussed-concern of politicians and commentators, and this insightful collection argues that this is a result of the multi-level nature of EU governance. Popular loyalties become divided between levels of government, lines of accountability become ambiguous and supranational institutions seem distant from citizens.These challenges are part of broader globalizing processes that have destabilized the traditional notion of the nation state and replaced it with multilevel forms of governance across the globe.

Focusing on the EU, this volume examines the problems multilevel governance causes for democratic legitimacy by placing it in a comparative and theoretical context, and explore how challenges faced by the EU compare with those faced by traditional federal systems worldwide. Through a combination of theoretical perspectives and empirical research, this book offers the means to evaluate the various explanations for the problems facing democracy within the EU and shows how legitimacy and accountability can be improved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230500778
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Series: Transformations of the State Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

• Emergent Patterns of Civil Society Participation in Global and European Governance--J.Steffek & P.Nanz
• The Evolution of CSOs' Legal Status in International Governance
• and Its Relevance for the Legitimacy of International Organizations--C.Kissling
• CSO Impact Under Most Favourable Conditions: The World Summit on the Information Society--C.Dany
• The ILO, Tripartism, and NGOs - Do Too Many Cooks Really Spoil the Broth?--L.Thomann
• Civil Society Participation at the Margins: the Case of WTO--J.Steffek & U.Ehling
• Civil Society Participation in International Security Organizations: the Cases of NATO and OSCE--P.Mayer
• Democratic Aspiration Meets Political Reality: Participation of
• Organized Civil Society in Selected European Policy Processes--D.Friedrich
• Participatory Strategies in the Regulation of GMO Products in the EU--M.P.Ferretti
• The Legitimacy of Regional Deliberative Bodies: An Assessment of Civil Society Participation in the Implementation of EU Regional Policy--J.Kamlage
• CSOs and the Democratization of International Governance: Prospects and Problems--C.Kissling & J.Steffek

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