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From the Democratic Deficit to a Democratic Surplus: Constructing Administrative Democracy in Europe

Athanasios Psygkas


The conventional account of a European Union (EU) “democratic deficit” misses part of the story. This book argues that member-state regulatory processes operating under EU mandates may actually have become more democratically accountable, not less. EU law creates entry points for stakeholder participation in the operation of national regulatory authorities; these avenues for public participation were formerly either not open or not institutionalized to this degree. In these cases, we see not a democratic deficit but a democratic surplus generated by EU law in the member states. Moreover, the d ... More

Keywords: accountability, decentralization, democratic deficit, European Union, national regulatory authorities, public consultations, regulation, stakeholders, telecommunications

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190632762
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190632762.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Athanasios Psygkas, author
Lecturer in Law, University of Bristol Law School