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The Unfinished Democratization of Europe

Erik O. Eriksen


The widening and deepening of the European Union have brought to the fore the question of democracy at the European level. The system of domination already in place at the European level requires and aspires to direct legitimation—from the citizens themselves and not merely indirectly, from the member nation-states. Such can only be achieved by making the EU into a democratic polity. But can democracy be disassociated from its putative nation-state foundation? This book develops a revised concept of democratic legitimacy based on discourse theory. It is argued that post-national democracy requ ... More

Keywords: European Union, constitutionalism, Constitutional Treaty, cosmopolitanism, deliberative democracy, post-national democracy, governance, public sphere, strong publics, state sovereignty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572519
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik O. Eriksen, author
Professor and Director of ARENA - Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo