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17:00 - 18:30 20 June 2012

The Eurocrisis and the Democratic Deficit


Council Room | (link Map)
29/30 Tavistock Square | London | WC1H 9QU | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Giandomenico Majone, Professor Emeritus, European University Institute, Florence
Professor Albert Weale FBA, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, UCL
Richard Corbett, Advisor to European Council President Herman van Rompuy

This event debates how far we are seeing the institutionalisation of “responsible” over “responsive” government within the EU and the implications of this move for the future of democracy in Europe. It involves two of the most high-profile scholars to write on the EU’s democratic deficit with comments from a member of the European Council President’s cabinet.

Concerns regarding the democratic standards of the EU as an emerging polity are not new. Now the oft-invoked and hardly disputed ‘democratic deficit’ has deepened. EU institutions have moved beyond their original remit into electorally highly salient policy fields.

The current Eurozone crisis has arguably taken this trend to a new level as both the methods and the policy content of responses to the crisis become exceedingly executive driven and technocratic. Politicians have justified these measures by pleading economic necessity and the constraints of global market forces over the available policy options.


Uta Staiger
+44 (0) 20 7679 8737 | u.staiger@ucl.ac.uk


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