- Do All Bridges Collapse? Possibilities for Democracy in the European Union
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- by Culpepper, Pepper; Fung, Archon
- It is tempting, but wrong, to infer from the failures of the EU draft constitution
that all reforms based on increasing citizen participation in the European Union are doomed
to fail. Andrew Moravcsik’s trenchant dismissal of the constitutional project commits this error. Moravcsik’s sweeping claims, based on what he calls empirical social science, speak well beyond the evidence on democratic institutional innovations. Participatory measures such as consultative Citizens’ Assemblies may articulate a citizens’ perspective that can
help to anchor the democratic legitimacy of the EU. We do not know if such innovations
can resolve the problems of the democratic deficit, but we do know that empirical social
science has not spoken decisively on the issue. It is worth examining their democratic
potential rather than dismissing them outright.
- Publication Type: Published Paper
- Published Date: December 2007
- Field of Interest: Comparative Politics
- Culpepper, Pepper D., and Archon Fung. "Do all Bridges Collapse? Possibilities for Democracy in the European Union." Politische Vierteljahresschrift 48, no .4 (December 2007): 730-739.