After the participative and deliberative turns in both democratic theory and EU studies, we are currently witnessing a ‘representative turn’ to which this volume contributes by addressing the relation between representation and democracy in the EU. Although in the Lisbon Treaty the EU conceives itself as a representative democracy, the meaning of this concept in a supranational polity is far from clear – either in theory or practice. Instead, the historically contingent link between representation and democracy is today severely challenged by various processes of diversification at all levels of political action (national, regional, supranational). These processes challenge our understanding of representative democracy as involving electoral democracy within clearly delineated nation-states, provoking a situation in which ‘new frontiers’ of representation develop. Consequently, it becomes increasingly difficult to provide normative standards as well as accurate assessments of democratic representation in the EU.
This volume addresses these core challenges of representative democracy in the EU from normative, theoretical and methodological perspectives.
This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The representative turn in EU studies Sandra Kröger (University of Exeter) and Dawid Friedrich (Leuphana University Lüneburg)
2. Democratic representation in the EU: Two kinds of subjectivity Sandra Kröger (University of Exeter) and Dawid Friedrich (Leuphana University Lüneburg)
3. Unequal but democratic? Equality according to Karlsruhe Christopher Lord (ARENA, University of Oslo) and Johannes Pollak (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)
4. Three Models of Democracy, Political Community and Representation in the EU Richard Bellamy (University College London) and Dario Castiglione (University of Exeter)
5. Representation as delegation: A model for EU democracy? Simona Piattoni (University of Trento)
6. No representation without justification? Appraising standards of justification in European Parliament debates Christopher Lord (ARENA, University of Oslo)
7. Mediatized representative politics in the European Union: towards audience democracy? Asimina Michailidou (ARENA, University of Oslo) and Hans-Jörg Trenz (University of Copenhagen)
8. Representative Claims Analysis: Theory meets Method Pieter de Wilde (Social Science Research Center Berlin)
Sandra Kröger is a lecturer in the politics department of the University of Exeter, UK.
Dawid Friedrich is based at the Center for the Study of Democracy, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany.