New Democracies and Old Societies in Europe

After hundreds of years of war the era of peace and welfare which seemed to be so near has vanished in new wars and atrocities. Fundamentalisms and globalisation question democracy as such. Nowadays the new term is good governance.

Author: György Széll

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015054409084

Category: Political Science

Page: 404

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Ten years after the break down of the Berlin Wall, the withering away of real existing socialism but also of the welfare state, Europe is preparing for its re-unification. Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic have already entered the NATO, nine more countries from the former Soviet Block and the Mediterranean are preparing themselves to enter the European Union. After hundreds of years of war the era of peace and welfare which seemed to be so near has vanished in new wars and atrocities. Fundamentalisms and globalisation question democracy as such. Nowadays the new term is good governance. The nation-state is stronger than imagined, and seems even to become the only refuge against global shareholder capitalism. Will the old civil societies be able to develop new forms of democracy in the heritage of our past?

Rethinking Democracy and the European Union

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 ...

Author: Erik Oddvar Eriksen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136490903

Category: Political Science

Page: 234

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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.

Democratization in EU Foreign Policy

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 ...

Author: Benedetta Berti

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317502425

Category: Political Science

Page: 171

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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.

Democracy without Borders

This book carves out a new area of democratisation studies by analysing the transnational dimension and the role of non state actors across three different geographical regions.

Author: Jean Grugel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134652440

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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This book carves out a new area of democratisation studies by analysing the transnational dimension and the role of non state actors across three different geographical regions. Chapters utilise empirical data from Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Democracy Social Resources and Political Power in the European Union

In this book Kauppi develops a structural constructivist theory of the European Union and critically analyzes, through French and Finnish empirical cases, the political practices that maintain the Union's "democratic deficit".

Author: Niilo Kauppi

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719070589

Category: Political Science

Page: 211

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'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'.

Adjudicating New Governance

This book engages with and advances the current debate on new governance by providing a much-needed analysis of its relationship with the courts.

Author: Emilia Korkea-aho

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317658306

Category: Law

Page: 256

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This book engages with and advances the current debate on new governance by providing a much-needed analysis of its relationship with the courts. New modes of governance have produced a plethora of instruments and actors at various levels that present a challenge to more traditional forms of command-and-control regulation. In this respect, it is commonly maintained that new governance generally – and political experimentation more broadly – weakens the power of the courts, producing a legitimacy problem for new forms of governance and, perhaps more fundamentally, for law itself. Focusing on the European Union, this book offers a new account of the role of the courts in new governance. Connecting new governance with the conception of deliberative democracy, this book demonstrates how the role of courts has been transformed by the legal and political experimentation currently taking place in the European Union. Drawing on a series of case studies, it is argued that, although deliberations in governance frameworks provide little by way of hard, binding law, these collaborative frameworks nevertheless condition judicial decision making. With far-reaching implications for how we understand the justiciability of ‘soft law’, participation rights, the legitimacy of governance measures, and the role of courts beyond the nation-state, this book argues that, far from undermining the power of the courts, governance regimes assist their functioning. Its analysis will therefore be of considerable interest for lawyers, political scientists and anyone interested in the transformation of the judiciary in the era of new governance.

The European Union How Democratic Is It

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.

Author: Svein S Andersen

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 076195113X

Category: Political Science

Page: 295

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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

The New Politics of European Civil Society

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of civil society, European politics, political science and sociology.

Author: Ulrike Liebert

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136865206

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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Over the past two decades, civil society has played a pivotal role in Europe, from the demise of Communist rule to the reunification of Europe, followed by the expansion of the single market to the reconstitution of democracy in the enlarged European Union. European civil society has emerged as a social space between EU governance and the citizens of the member states, populated by non-state agents claiming to represent, speak for or participate on behalf of the most varied social constituencies in EU decision making. This book consolidates European civil society research by re-viewing its conceptual, normative and empirical-analytical foundations. With contributors from political science to sociology to law, it captures the evolving practices of European civil society that stretch across the national (local), the European and the global realm. Developing an analytical framework that highlights the interplay between civil society building and polity building from above as well as from below, within the legal and institutional framework of the EU, they examine whether and how civil society can contribute to making democracy work in normative democratic theoretical perspectives. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of civil society, European politics, political science and sociology.

Subnational Democracy in the European Union

... Union in the 1980s with the creation of the single market and the consequent strengthening of the EU institutions at Maastricht, Nice and Amsterdam coincided with the collapse of the Soviet empire and the creation of new democracies ...

Author: John Loughlin

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191544705

Category: Political Science

Page: 436

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This book is the result of a research project carried out for the Committee of the Regions and analyses the 'state of play' of democratic practice at the subnational level in all of the European Member states. Its initial hypothesis was that liberal democracy is closely associated with the rise of the nation state in the 19th century. The nation state, however, has been significantly changing under the impact of various forces including globalization and regionalization, internal reforms of the public administration system such as privatization and deregulation, and the emergence of regions and local authorities as actors in their own rights. these changes pose challenges for the practice of democracy and, in particular, for its expression at the regional and local level. The book deals with the theoretical implications of these changes in terms of the changing nature of the state and new regionalism. However, one of the key findings is that there is no one uniform meaning of democracy across member states and there are variations even within a single state depending on whether the national or subnational levels are considered. Each country chapter gives the historical and philosophical background to the concept of democracy in each country. There is also an exposition of the institutional expression of democracy at the different levels. With regard to the practice of democracy at the subnational level, the role of pressure groups and policy networks is examined as well as the role of political parties. There is a survey of critiques of subnational democracy. Finally, there is a survey of innovative approaches to improving regional and local democracy through a variety of mechanisms and reforms as ways of responding to the challenge and opportunities facing it today