Event Title

Democratization Phases of the European Union

Session

Political Science

Description

The European Union is established for economic purposes and has a sui generis structure. For the European Union, it is not possible to have a democratic level like any nation-state. The Union has been constantly criticized for its democratic deficit. Many steps have been taken to ensure democratic legitimacy. These steps need to be evaluated from two perspectives. The first one is the provision of democratic legitimacy at the level of European citizens. It is seen that especially The European Citizens' Initiative is regulated for this purpose. In the second stage, it is necessary to talk about democracy at the level of institutions. Accordingly, institutions are criticized for the problem of transparency in practice. The issue of legitimacy at the institutional level is also being tried to be overcome by increasing the powers of the European Parliament and by directly participating in the election of European citizens. In this study, the policies that the Union implements in order to prevent from the democratic deficit and how these policies are applied to the democratization process will be evaluated.

Keywords:

Democratization, Democratic Deficit, the European Parliament, the European Citizens' Initiative

Session Chair

Lulzim Peci

Session Co-Chair

Labinot Greiçevci & Ylber Sela

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-69-1

Location

Pristina, Kosovo

Start Date

27-10-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

27-10-2018 3:00 PM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2018.389

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Democratization Phases of the European Union

Pristina, Kosovo

The European Union is established for economic purposes and has a sui generis structure. For the European Union, it is not possible to have a democratic level like any nation-state. The Union has been constantly criticized for its democratic deficit. Many steps have been taken to ensure democratic legitimacy. These steps need to be evaluated from two perspectives. The first one is the provision of democratic legitimacy at the level of European citizens. It is seen that especially The European Citizens' Initiative is regulated for this purpose. In the second stage, it is necessary to talk about democracy at the level of institutions. Accordingly, institutions are criticized for the problem of transparency in practice. The issue of legitimacy at the institutional level is also being tried to be overcome by increasing the powers of the European Parliament and by directly participating in the election of European citizens. In this study, the policies that the Union implements in order to prevent from the democratic deficit and how these policies are applied to the democratization process will be evaluated.