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The European Union does not have a democratic deficit – it has a democratic surplus

Cooper, Robert (2014) The European Union does not have a democratic deficit – it has a democratic surplus. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (11 Jun 2014). Website.

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Abstract

The European Union has often been accused of having a ‘democratic deficit’. Sir Robert Cooper writes that what the EU actually suffers from is a ‘democratic surplus’: elections are held, but turnout remains extremely low due to a lack of interest among citizens. As national parliaments appear to bring greater legitimacy than the European Parliament, he argues that the EU should consider returning to a system in which MEPs are appointed by national politicians rather than through European elections.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 13:04
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2020 23:13
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71925

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