“Democratic Deficit” in the European Union – Supranational Bodies and Democratic Legitimacy. Ideas for a Reflection Cover Image

“Democratic Deficit” in the European Union – Supranational Bodies and Democratic Legitimacy. Ideas for a Reflection
“Democratic Deficit” in the European Union – Supranational Bodies and Democratic Legitimacy. Ideas for a Reflection

Author(s): Claudia Biffali
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Právnická fakulta Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci
Keywords: European Union; legitimacy; democracy; representation; EU institutions; democratic deficit;

Summary/Abstract: This study tries to understand the causes and the effects of the problem of democratic deficit in the European Union (EU). The paper begins by exploring different definitions of democracy as well as the historical development of democratic political systems. It, then, analyses the European Union’s decision-making institutions. In the context of future EU Treaty reforms, it considers potential remedies for the democratic deficit: there is a multitude of reasons and solutions regarding the democratic deficit in the EU, which lead to complex interpretations. Generally, academic literature on the issue of democratic deficit in EU relies on two opposing arguments. The major argument is that there is democratic deficit in the EU; the less common argument rejects this view. This study supports the major argument.

  • Issue Year: 3/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 239-260
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English