Direct Democracy in Europe

Direct Democracy in Europe
Author: Zoltán Tibor Pállinger,Bruno Kaufmann,Wilfried Marxer,Theo Schiller
Publsiher: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2007-04-25
ISBN: 9783531155128
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Direct Democracy in Europe Book Excerpt:

Dieser Band gibt einen Überblick zu den Entwicklungen der Demokratie in den europäischen Ländern und zum europäischen Stand der Forschung.

Rethinking Democracy and the European Union

Rethinking Democracy and the European Union
Author: Erik Oddvar Eriksen,John Erik Fossum
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2013-06-17
ISBN: 1136490906
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rethinking Democracy and the European Union Book Excerpt:

While the Lisbon treaty was meant to clarify the European Union’s role and political identity, it remains a challenge for politicians and decision-makers to define. Rethinking Democracy and the European Union looks at both the concept of the EU as a political system, and analyses the meaning and status of democracy in Europe today. This book draws upon leading scholars and practitioners from the RECON project (Reconstituting Democracy in Europe) to frame and analyse a range of institutional realms and policy fields, including constitutionalisation, representative developments, gender politics, civil society and public sphere, identity, and security and globalisation. Drawing together these strands, the book questions whether EU politics require a new theory of democracy, and evaluates the relationship between union and state, and the possible future of post-national democracy. Lucid and accessible, this book is at the forefront of the intellectual debate over the character of the EU, presenting research, theory and analysis on a critical political issue of our time. Rethinking Democracy and the European Union will be of interest to students and scholars of democracy, European Union politics and international relations.

Democracy Social Resources and Political Power in the European Union

Democracy  Social Resources and Political Power in the European Union
Author: Niilo Kauppi
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 211
Release: 2005-07-22
ISBN: 9780719070587
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democracy Social Resources and Political Power in the European Union Book Excerpt:

'Democracy, social resources and political power in the European Union' develops a structural constructivist theory of the European Union and critically analyses, through French and Finnish empirical cases, the political practices that maintain the Union's 'democratic deficit'.

Democracy in Europe

Democracy in Europe
Author: Thomas Erskine May
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 4
Release: 1877
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Constitutional history
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Democracy in Europe

Democracy in Europe
Author: Heidrun Abromeit
Publsiher: Berghahn Books
Total Pages: 192
Release: 1998-10-01
ISBN: 1782388001
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democracy in Europe Book Excerpt:

Since the beginning of the European Community students of international politics and of international, resp. Constitutional law, have been wondering what kind of animal it is, and will be, once integration has been completed. Whereas the EC Treaty of 1957 stressed the economic aspects and envisioned a steady and dynamic progress towards a Single Market, it was conspicuously silent about the political implications of integration and the new democratic order. What is needed, so the author argues in this powerful and original contribution to the debate on democratisation of the European Union, is a flexible system that supplements the European decision-making process with various direct democratic instruments such as the use of referenda. These would serve to increase the accountability of the politicians without demanding or requiring a definitive resolution of the exact constitutional status of the Union.

Democratization in EU Foreign Policy

Democratization in EU Foreign Policy
Author: Benedetta Berti,Kristina Mikulova,Nicu Popescu
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2015-09-16
ISBN: 1317502426
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democratization in EU Foreign Policy Book Excerpt:

New democracies are uniquely positioned to promote democratic values and have a competitive advantage in the global democracy assistance industry. This book examines the attempts of one group of young democracies, from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), to channel this pro-democracy agenda into both national and European foreign policy and development support. It looks at how CEE is ‘upstream’ changing the EU on crucial policy issues as part of the common foreign and security policy. Furthermore, it tracks the process whereby imported ideas and norms are recycled for further export ‘downstream’, and how these concepts are received in countries outside of the EU including the post-Soviet space, the Western Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa region and Central Asia. This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of democratisation studies, European Union studies, comparative politics, international relations, international development, European politics, as well as area/regional studies.

The Political History of Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

The Political History of Eastern Europe in the 20th Century
Author: Sten Berglund,Frank H. Aarebrot
Publsiher: Edward Elgar Pub
Total Pages: 196
Release: 1997
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Political History of Eastern Europe in the 20th Century Book Excerpt:

This text presents an introduction to the struggle between democracy and dictatorship in Eastern Europe since 1900. It is broken down into three different parts focusing on those time periods when experiments with democracy threatened to change the established order - the inter-war period, the democratic or semi democratic interlude in the wake of World War II until 1949 and the current experience with the new democracies. In discussing the struggle between democracy and dictatorship, the authors argue that the experience of Eastern Europe reveals the challenges which threaten democracy and the conditions necessary for the survival of democratic government.

The European Union How Democratic Is It

The European Union  How Democratic Is It
Author: Svein S Andersen,Kjell A Eliassen
Publsiher: SAGE
Total Pages: 295
Release: 1996-02-27
ISBN: 9780761951131
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The European Union How Democratic Is It Book Excerpt:

Taking as its starting point the major issues of democracy which are the ongoing concerns of every liberal Western political system, this volume offers a wide-ranging review of democracy in the European Union. It treats the EU as a new type of political system within the tradition of parliamentary democracies, a system which is neither federal nor intergovernmental, and which consequently has unique problems of how to handle democratic requirements. Part One deals with the two major challenges of interest articulation in the EU, political parties and lobbying. The second part discusses how democracy becomes the key element in the linkage between the EU and its member states, focusing on France, Italy and Belgium where the r

Europe Undivided Democracy Leverage and Integration After Communism

Europe Undivided  Democracy  Leverage  and Integration After Communism
Author: Milada Anna Vachudova
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2005-02-17
ISBN: 0191608211
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Europe Undivided Democracy Leverage and Integration After Communism Book Excerpt:

Europe Undivided analyzes how an enlarging EU has facilitated a convergence toward liberal democracy among credible future members of the EU in Central and Eastern Europe. It reveals how variations in domestic competition put democratizing states on different political trajectories after 1989, and how the EU's leverage eventually influenced domestic politics in liberal and particularly illiberal democracies. In doing so, Europe Undivided illuminates the changing dynamics of the relationship between the EU and candidate states from 1989 to 2004, and challenges policymakers to manage and improve EU leverage to support democracy, ethnic tolerance, and economic reform in other candidates and proto-candidates such as the Western Balkan states, Turkey, and Ukraine. Albeit not by design, the most powerful and successful tool of EU foreign policy has turned out to be EU enlargement - and this book helps us understand why, and how, it works.

The New Portugal

The New Portugal
Author: Richard Herr
Publsiher: University of California International &
Total Pages: 205
Release: 1992
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: National characteristics, Portuguese
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Citizenship Democracy and Justice in the New Europe

Citizenship  Democracy and Justice in the New Europe
Author: Percy B. Lehning,Albert Weale
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2005-08-04
ISBN: 1134726716
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Citizenship Democracy and Justice in the New Europe Book Excerpt:

The contributors to this study address the question of how political theory is relevant to the construction of new Europe and the tie-in issues of citizenship, social justice and political legitimacy. By using techniques of contemporary political theory, the book argues that the emergence of new Europe poses fundamental questions of value and principle and challenges more established political theories in the process.

Democracy in Europe

Democracy in Europe
Author: Daniel Innerarity
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 283
Release: 2018-03-01
ISBN: 3319721976
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democracy in Europe Book Excerpt:

This book calls for a philosophical consideration of the development, challenges and successes of the European Union. The author argues that conceptual innovation is essential if progress on the European project is to be made; new meanings, rather than financial or institutional engineering solutions, will help solve the crisis. By applying a philosophical approach to diagnosing the EU crisis, the book reconsiders the basic concepts of democracy in the context of the complex reality of the EU and the globalised world where profound social and political changes are taking place. It will be of interest to students and scholars interested in EU politics, political theory and philosophy.

Expertisation and Democracy in Europe

Expertisation and Democracy in Europe
Author: Magdalena Góra,Cathrine Holst,Marta Warat
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2017-11-27
ISBN: 1351974858
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Expertisation and Democracy in Europe Book Excerpt:

Expertisation and Democracy in Europe provides a much-needed account of the role and re-organisation of expertise and expert knowledge in Europe and the European Union in a broad range of policy spheres, contributing to the debate triggered by the recent crises. It brings novel perspectives to debates on technocracy and our understanding of the relations between knowledge, experts and democracy. The book explores and assesses new and old linkages between knowledge, expertise and democracy, and expands and deepens the current debates by addressing questions such as: What is the role of expertise in Europe? How is knowledge of different kinds embedded in and decisive for democratic practice in contemporary democracies? How are we to assess recent transformations of the expert-citizens and government-civil society relationships from the perspective of democracy, and which paths are viable in the years to come? Finally, the book engages with and gives flesh to the notion of expertisation not only as a broad political and societal diagnosis, but also as a multidimensional and deeply contested process that enfolds in concrete practices and institutional settings. This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of European studies, European and European Union politics, democracy, public policy, international relations, sociology, gender studies and media studies.

Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe

Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe
Author: Michael Keating
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2015-04-20
ISBN: 0748665846
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe Book Excerpt:

This volume examines the fortunes of social democracy in Western and East-Central Europe and the policy challenges it faces. By arguing that social democracy is a way of reconciling market capitalism with social inclusion and equality, they show that it h

50 Years of Local Democracy in Europe

50 Years of Local Democracy in Europe
Author: Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe
Publsiher: Council of Europe
Total Pages: 79
Release: 2007-01-01
ISBN: 9789287163851
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

50 Years of Local Democracy in Europe Book Excerpt:

In 2007, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the representative and the voice of local and regional authorities throughout the continent, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its creation. Originally conceived to make the voice of local authorities count in the incipient European unification, with the passing years it was able to transcend this strict role in order to help to reshape the continent in its own way, particularly by promoting regional policies. This study follows the growth of the Congress and presents the many initiatives it has taken to help the towns and regions of Europe to develop harmoniously, whether at the political, economic, social, cultural, or environmental level. It has been behind numerous European conventions, today recognised all over the continent, and tirelessly contributes to the consolidation of local and regional democracy in Europe. Besides its work, it is the podium and the meeting place for all European local and regional elected representatives, giving it specificity and a wealth unique among the European institutions. While retracing the path travelled over the past fifty years, this study highlights the importance of the towns and regions for tomorrow's Europe and presents the major challenges facing them for the future, together with the solutions that will enable them to meet those challenges.

Christian Democracy in Europe Since 1945

Christian Democracy in Europe Since 1945
Author: Michael Gehler,Wolfram Kaiser
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2004-08-02
ISBN: 1135753849
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Christian Democracy in Europe Since 1945 Book Excerpt:

For the first time, this book reveals the actual roles of the Christian Democratic (CD) parties in postwar Europe from a pan-European perspective. It shows how Christian Democratic parties became the dominant political force in postwar Western Europe, and how the European People's Party is currently the largest group in the European Parliament. CD parties and political leaders like Adenauer, Schuman and De Gasperi played a particularly important role in the evolution of the 'core Europe' of the EEC/EC after 1945. Key chapters address the same questions about the parties' membership and social organization; their economic and social policies; and their European and international policies during the Cold War. The book also includes two survey chapters setting out the international political context for CD parties and comparing their postwar development, and two chapters on their transnational party cooperation after 1945. This is the companion volume to Political Catholicism in Europe 1918-1945.

Party Politics and Democracy in Europe

Party Politics and Democracy in Europe
Author: Ferdinand Muller-Rommel,Fernando Casal Bértoa
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2015-08-11
ISBN: 1317627067
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Party Politics and Democracy in Europe Book Excerpt:

This edited collection, in honour of the late political scientist Peter Mair, contains original chapters that are directly linked to his theoretical and/or methodological ideas and approaches. Peter Mair demonstrated that political parties have traditionally been central actors in European politics and an essential focus of comparative European political science. Though the nature of political parties and the manner in which they operate has been subject to significant change in recent decades, parties remain a crucial factor in the working of European liberal democracies. This volume analyses recent developments and current challenges that European parties, party systems and democracy face. The volume will be of key interest to students and scholars of comparative politics, democracy studies, political parties, and European politics and European Union studies.

On Extremism and Democracy in Europe

On Extremism and Democracy in Europe
Author: Cas Mudde
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 164
Release: 2016-03-17
ISBN: 1317222229
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Extremism and Democracy in Europe Book Excerpt:

On Extremism and Democracy in Europe is a collection of short and accessible essays on the far right, populism, Euroscepticism, and liberal democracy by one of the leading academic and public voices today. It includes both sober, fact-based analysis of the often sensationalized "rise of the far right" in Europe as well as passionate defence of the fundamental values of liberal democracy. Sometimes counter-intuitive and always thought-provoking, Mudde argues that the true challenge to liberal democracy comes from the political elites at the centre of the political systems rather than from the political challengers at the political margins. Pushing to go beyond the simplistic opposition of extremism and democracy, which is much clearer in theory than in practice, he accentuates the internal dangers of liberal democracy without ignoring the external threats. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in European politics, extremism and/or current affairs more generally.

Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union

Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union
Author: Beate Kohler-Koch,Berthold Rittberger
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2007
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union Book Excerpt:

Recoge: 1. Democracy. -- 2. What future for parliamentary democracy in the EU. -- 3. The public sphere and civil society: prerequisites for democratically legitimate rule making. -- 4. Democracy and political participation. -- 5. Deliberative democracy.

Civil Society Before Democracy

Civil Society Before Democracy
Author: Nancy Bermeo,Philip Nord
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2000-11-15
ISBN: 0742573621
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Civil Society Before Democracy Book Excerpt:

Bringing together historians and political scientists, this unique collaboration compares nineteenth-century civil societies that failed to develop lasting democracies with civil societies that succeeded. Much of the current literature on the connection between civil society and consolidating democracy focuses exclusively on single, contemporary polities that are ever-changing and uncertain. By studying historical cases, the authors are able to demonstrate which civil societies developed in tandem with lasting democracies and which did not. Contrasting these two sets of cases, the book both enlightens readers about individual countries and extracts lessons about the connections between civil society and democracy in contemporary times. Above all, the authors ask the vital but under-researched question, OHow and why does democratic civil society develop?O