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EU, det demokratiska underskottet och framtiden: En kvalitativ textanalys av de demokratiska delarna i Lissabonfördraget
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The question of the democratic deficit have been a much discussed topic in the field of European studies throughout the years. The lack of accountability in the decision-making together with lack of trust and interest from the public have created a situation where the unions democratic legitimacy has been questioned. The goal of this essay is to analyze what measures the EU have taken to restore the union’s legitimacy and in which direction it’s heading structure-wise through the recent ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and to examine if the public will be allowed to participate in the legislative process somehow. For this purpose I have used a qualitative text analysis of the democratic parts of the Lisbon Treaty to find out what reforms or changes that matter for the democratic process. Together with this I have also used Dimitris N. Chrysschoou’s four models for a democratic Europe to see in which direction the EU is going in terms of the nature of the union’s structure in order to determine the prospects of a legitimate governance. My conclusion is that although the member states after the Lisbon Treaty still enjoy much independence the EU is moving towards a more federalized governance and that the institutional reforms give good conditions for an accountable decision-making, while it’s doubtful to imagine that the reforms to increase the public’s participation will have any notable effects. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 36 p.
Keyword [sv]
EU, democracy, democratic deficit, Lisbon Treaty, legitimacy, demos
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28582OAI: diva2:860901
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Political Science
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-10-14 Created: 2015-10-14 Last updated: 2015-10-14Bibliographically approved

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