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					Dr Tomasz Szymczyński
The Democratic Deficit in the European Union

Seminar: Donnerstag, 11.30-15.45 Uhr, Ort CP 144 Veranstaltungsbeginn: 15.04.09
Veranstaltungen: 15, 22 April, 20, 27 May, 10, 17, 24 June, 1 July

The phenomenon of the EU democratic deficit may be observed from two different perspectives. First is the community perspective, where the
EU as a whole is interpreted as an actor that is going to become a state (Ger.: Staatswerdung). In this area of interpretation the potential shortages
of legitimization of the EC/EU institutions are taken under consideration. Second is the state centric perspective, where the process
of the integration in Europe is seen as a factor that strongly influences the legitimacy of the democracy of the states based on the former
standards connected with the traditional interpretation of the sovereignty of the states. Eventually, totally opposite emotional approaches towards
the EU integration process of these two perspectives - and lack of the communication between the standpoints - leads to the assumptions that
have crucial impact on proposals of the EU reforms. Additionally, concepts of democracy and legitimacy may be seen as a field of variety of
theoretical interpretations as well.
The course embraces the analysis of the contemporary functioning EU institutional system (Lisbon Treaty) from the democratic deficit
perspective. This would allow to discuss more specified problems connected with the analyzed challenge (European identity, European
referendum, social dumping, enhanced cooperation). Finally, some questions about the future of the phenomenon will be stated.

Literature:
-Barnard, F.M., Democratic Legitimacy. Plural Values and Political Power, London 2001.
-Bruter, M., Citizens of Europe? The Emergence of a Mass European Identity. New York 2005.
-Cunningham, F., Theories of Democracy, New York 2005.
-European Union Politics, (ed.) M. Cini, Oxford 2003.
-European Identity, (eds.) J.T. Checkel, P.J. Katzenstein, Cambridge 2009.
-Hix, S., The Political System of the European Union, 2nd edition, Palgrave 2005.
-Newman, M., Democracy, Sovereignty and the European Union, London 1997.
-Schmidt, M.G., Demokratietheorien, Opladen 2000.
-Transnational Identities: Becoming European in the EU, (eds.) Herrmann, R. K., Risse, T.; Brewer, M. B., Oxford 2004.


Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: Fluent English.
Leistungsnachweis: Attendance, final exam, short presentation in class.
Sprache: Englisch
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