A Democratic Audit of the European Union (One Europe or by Christopher Lord

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A Democratic Audit of the ecu Union offers a scientific overview of democracy within the european opposed to truly outlined standards. Christopher Lord deals a double problem to generalizations a few democratic deficit within the ecu. at the one hand, it indicates that criteria of democratic functionality within the ecu might fluctuate throughout Union associations and decision-making approaches. nevertheless, it exhibits that they could differ throughout key dimensions of democratic governance, together with citizenship, rights, participation, illustration, responsiveness, transparency and responsibility.

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Co-decision. The EP enjoys the same rights of amendment as above, but its powers of rejection are stronger. It can reject by an absolute majority of its membership at first reading or a simple majority of its membership at third reading. The Council cannot over-turn that rejection. ) Assent. The EP is able to reject but not amend. This applies, for example, to international Treaties signed by the EU. Second pillar procedures Common strategies are agreed by heads of government in the European Council on proposals framed by their foreign ministers.

The President of the Commission should be selected by Heads of Govt 7. EP should elect President of the Commission h ld l B. Acceptance of joint decision-making 3. Number of issue areas (max 27) where majority accept joint decision-making A. Feelings of identity 1. Index of Feeling of Europeanness (0–1)1 2.

Public control at least discourages those who hold office from acting only on their personal preferences without any attempt to anticipate the needs and values of citizens. Political equality at least means that each person’s preference has the same weight in the whole. The decision-rule ‘one person, one vote’ re-weights public decisions away from private distributions of power and resources. Deliberative standards fairly applied allow all points of view an opportunity to be argued towards a winning position, regardless of the initial number of their proponents.

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