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EU & Demokratiska bakslag: en beskrivande idéanalys av debatten om Köpenhamnsdilemmat
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The EU is an organisation built on the concept of democracy. However, recent developments within certain member-states clearly contradict this claim. A paradox has hence occurred, which is referred to as the “Copenhagen-Dilemma”; only fully democratic states can become members of the union - but once a membership exists, the EU has proven inadequate to deal with democratic backsliding-tendencies.

This essay argues that the political debate regarding this dilemma constitutes of at least two main categories of articles and within each of these, three positions can be found: Those focusing on causes to the problem and further how it can be understood are the ‘problem-oriented’ articles. Those arguing for solutions to the Copenhagen-dilemma are the ‘solution-oriented’ articles. Voices within this second category have been examined further in the analysis. They all accept the democratic deficit to be a problem for the EU – but the three positions offer different perceptions on how it can be countered most effectively:

1) The Conservatives; argues that the EU should use the tools already available and instead change their praxis

2) The Reformists; argues that the EU should further develop and reform the available tools

3) The Radicals; argues that the problem has caused a need for new institutions and tools to be created within the EU

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 42
Keywords [en]
Democratic Backsliding, EU, Copenhagen-dilemma, Democratic deficit, Legitimacy, Democracy
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-374757OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-374757DiVA, id: diva2:1282041
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Political Science
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2019-01-29 Created: 2019-01-23 Last updated: 2019-01-29Bibliographically approved

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