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De-Mystification of Participatory Democracy: EU-Governance and Civil Society

Beate Kohler-Koch and Christine Quittkat


The democratic legitimacy of the European Union has become an increasingly urgent issue. In searching for a way out, academics, EU institutions and political forces advocate the involvement of civil society. The Commission’s new governance approach and finally the Lisbon Treaty introduced elements of participatory democracy and elevated civil society to a key actor in democratizing the EU. Does this hold upon closer scrutiny? This is the main question of this book. It investigates how the promise of civil society participation is put into practice and, based on an elaborate theoretical framewo ... More

Keywords: European Union, EU governance, participatory democracy, democracy, participation, civil society, democratic theory, Lisbon Treaty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199674596
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674596.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beate Kohler-Koch, author
Professor Emeritus, project director MZES, University of Mannheim

Christine Quittkat, author
Post-doctoral Researcher, project director MZES, University of Mannheim